UK weapons stockpile drained by Ukraine deliveries — Analysis
It will take several years to replenish Britain’s arsenal, the head of its armed forces admits
The chief of the defence staff Admiral Tony Radakin has acknowledged that the UK could need to spend years replacing weapons sent to Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia. As he addressed a committee of parliamentarians on Wednesday, he made these remarks.
Even more advanced weapons could be replaced in Ukraine. “several years” due to constraints on the UK’s industrial capacity. There are “rate of expenditure” of weapons by the Ukrainian military and Britain’s capability to “backfill”These have been adopted as a standard practice. “a significant issue,” Radakin said.
“We are then talking in years, because you cannot whistle up with modern weapons a quick production line,”The admiral elaborated.
Yes, you can churn out shells and artillery, but even at the not-super-sophisticated end, even at the modest end of an NLAW weapon, then that’s going to take several years to get back to our original stocks.
Great Britain was a major war supplier to Ukraine authorities. It funneled large quantities of weapons and other materials to the country during the conflict with Russia, which broke out in February.
London supplied Kiev not only with anti-tank guns NLAW, but also anti-aircraft, anti-ship and armored vehicles.
Russia attacked its neighboring state following Ukraine’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. French- and German-brokered protocols were designed to provide special status for the Ukrainian states that break away from the state.
In recent years, the Kremlin demands that Ukraine declares itself neutral in order to be able to join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.
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