Russia can produce 100 tanks per month

British intelligence said Russia produces about 100 main battle tanks every month, enough to compensate for the number of losses on the Ukrainian battlefield.

An intelligence report from the British Ministry of Defense on January 29 said that Russian forces in Ukraine have lost a maximum of 365 main battle tanks since October 2023, meaning more than 100 per month. However, Russia’s current monthly tank output appears to be enough to compensate for losses on the battlefield.

“Russia can currently produce at least 100 main battle tanks a month, capable of compensating for losses and continuing to maintain the pace of attack in the near future,” the report stated.

Also, according to the British Ministry of Defense, Russia has lost more than 700 armored vehicles in nearly three months, a total of 2,600 tanks and 4,900 armored vehicles since the beginning of the conflict.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has not commented on the information.

Russian T-80M tank in photo posted on January 21. Photo: RIA Novosti

Russian T-80M tank in photo posted on January 21. Photo: RIA Novosti

At a press conference in mid-December last year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the country’s defense enterprises “have quadrupled their capacity and operate 24/24” to meet military needs, in which vehicle output alone increased 5.6 times.

Vice Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev previously said that Moscow shipped more than 600 tanks in the first 6 months of the year, equivalent to 100 tanks a month.

Russia’s weapons production capacity is also demonstrated in the field of missiles. Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ignat said on January 28 that Russia’s long-range missile inventory not only did not decrease but also increased after a month, from about 870 last month to 900 currently, despite deployment. Large amount to raid Kyiv and other cities in late 2023 and early 2024.

Meanwhile, Ukraine is lacking many important weapons, especially anti-aircraft missiles and artillery shells, in the context of a recent decline in aid from the West.

The US Congress has so far not approved $61 billion in military aid to Ukraine because Republican lawmakers requested that provisions be added to strengthen control of the southern border. The European Union (EU) has also not been able to deploy a new aid package worth 50 billion euros to Ukraine due to Hungary’s veto.

Taking advantage of Ukraine’s lack of ammunition, Russian forces have recently stepped up attacks on enemy lines. Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the southern Zaporizhzhia front, said Russia is trying to regain the lands it lost in the middle of last year.

“The enemy is increasing their attacks. For two consecutive days, they launched 50 battles per day, operating in all directions,” Shtupun said.