Replenishing UK’s weapons stockpiles could take ‘years,’ military chief warns — Analysis
It UK has given so many weapons to Ukraine that it’ll take years to replace its stockpiles, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin has said
The UK has given so many arms to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia that it’ll take years for the country to replace its depleted weapons stockpiles, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, chief of British Defence Staff, has said.
The “rate of expenditure”Weapons in Ukraine and The “industrial capacity to backfill”Now, they are “a significant issue”Radakin spoke Wednesday to the Lords International Relations and Defence Committee about the British army.
During the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, London was a major supporter of Kiev. London has insisted that the conflict be resolved militarily and provided arms to Ukrainian forces, such as anti-tank rocket launchers (armored vehicles), anti-aircraft systems, and Brimstone missiles.
According to the Chief of Defence Staff, to meet those delivery requirements, the UK would have to cooperate closely with its defense suppliers. According to him, talks have been held with 12 top sector companies at Downing Street.
Radakin claims that replenishing arms stockpiles can take a while. “We are then talking in years, because you cannot whistle up, with modern weapons, a quick production line,”He pointed out.
“Yes, you can churn out shells and artillery, but even at the not super-sophisticated end, even at the modest end of an NLAW [anti-tank] weapon, then that’s going to take several years to get back to our original stocks,”The admiral also added.
Radakin answered that the UK is capable of sending a complete division when asked by a reporter if they are. “regrowing”They are able to make a full recovery. “a much more orthodox divisional strength,”Including longer-range weapons as well as modern hardware.
“We can put out a division, but the division that we want to put out is a much better one in sort of five to 10 years’ time, with the capabilities that America would want fighting alongside America,”He acknowledged it.
Moscow has repeatedly deplored the US, UK, or other allied countries’ supply of weapons for Ukraine. This was despite the fact that it will prolong the fighting while increasing the possibility of direct military confrontations between Russia and the West.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has also warned that if Kiev is provided with long-range missiles, “we will draw the appropriate conclusions and use our weapons, which we have enough of, in order to strike at those objects that we have not yet struck.”
The situation in Ukraine is not being seriously affected by the foreign weapons deliveries. However, Russian forces are steadily moving in Donbass and gradually gaining ground.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, were intended to grant the region a special status in the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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