Military equipment & technology used in the war


Right, I was going to say it's very unlikely they are using actual USA made parts - for one they are too expensive where the Chinese versions will be available and cheap. China is more technologically advanced than people assume.

China is good at pumping out mass quantities of things lower on the tech tree. They may or may not have the capacity we and other Oriental nations have to reliably produce super advanced chipsets for sophisticated guidance, but things like this throwaway Iranian drone don't require them; probably has technology no more advanced than what's in a NEST thermostat, but again, it doesn't need it.


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Big step forward for Russian precision-guided shells, mortars and aircraft bombs, they now have laser-guided ammunition in large numbers:

This Krasnopol munition is a game-changer, the war of attrition was already breaking in their favor, and now it's going to be even more lopsided. It also means that the Russians can now use less ammo for the same results, which means they may never run out of it.


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America Is Shipping So Many Weapons to Ukraine, Defense Companies Can’t Keep Up, Top Navy Officers Warn​

Top officers in the U.S. Navy warned that the Ukraine war is putting a strain on an already stretched industrial base Tuesday, complaining defense contractors continue to fall behind in keeping up with the Navy’s needs, according to media reports.

Defense companies have struggled for years to keep pace with the Navy’s demands, citing pandemic-induced supply chain setbacks and a shortage of available labor, Navy Times reported. As the U.S. continues sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine, heightening the burden on weapons manufacturers, top Navy brass expressed worry that the fleet could fall dangerously low on needed assets if the war stretches out much longer.

“If the conflict does go on for another six months to another year, it certainly continues to stress the supply chain in ways that are challenging,” Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said in a follow-up to his remarks at the annual Surface Navy Association conference conference Tuesday.

Most of the more than $29.9 billion in security assistance so far committed to Ukraine is withdrawn from existing U.S. stocks and includes equipment suited to defending against attackers from the ground, rather than the sea. However, as contractors scramble to invest more in expanding production capacity for HIMARS, Stinger missiles and other equipment, they poach resources that could be applied to filling the Navy’s orders, leaders warned, according to Navy Times.

“I’m not as forgiving of the defense industrial base,” Adm. Daryl Caudle, the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said at the conference. “I am not forgiving the fact that they’re not delivering the ordnance we need.”

Caudle had announced the day before a goal to keep at least 75 Navy ships at “mission capable” or “full mission capable” status, meaning they are not in the shipyard undergoing maintenance or parked in sustainment, Defense News reported. The Navy stripped parts from other ships to fill roughly 1,200 orders for replacement parts in 2022 — twice as many as the year prior, Caudle said.

Even if the Navy had those 75 ships at the ready, their arsenals would not be full, he added Tuesday, according to Navy Times.

“All this stuff about COVID this, parts, supply chain this, I just don’t really care,” Caudle said. “I need [Standard Missile]-6s delivered on time. I need more [torpedoes] delivered on time.”

Of the 10 new attack submarines the Navy ordered in the past five years, only six have arrived, he added.

Congress authorized a massive increase in spending on weapons and ammunition in 2023, signaling a willingness to continue providing defense contractors the funding they need to deliver on future Pentagon orders. However, the war in Ukraine has severely depleted U.S. weapons stockpiles.

“I wouldn’t say we were quite there yet,” Del Toro said, referring to a point where the U.S. would have to drop support for Ukraine, according to DefenseOne.

Companies “need to invest in their workforce, as well as the capital investments that they have to make within their own companies to get their production rates up,” he added.

The Department of Defense referred the Daily Caller News Foundation to the Navy. The Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Intersting. As far as I know Russia has about 4-5 operational SU-57 aircraft. It would be interesting to know how effective and used these aircraft have been in the war so far. I believe they were used in Syria.

They are apparently just lobbing air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles from BVR across the border, which is something a Backfire, Fullback, or anything else can do, so probably just racking up flight hours and working out the bugs on the obviously irreplaceable handful of fabergé airframes they have.

Russian Aerospace Forces knows that if any operated in-theatre that it would be a top US priority for any Ukie AA battery to take one down.


Work of Shtora-1 active protection system

"Tankers of the 3rd Motor Rifle Division on the T-90M "Breakthrough" tank are dismantling the APU opornik (point of resistance) in the Zhuravka gully. During the battle, an ATGM was aimed at the tank, but the protection of the car turned on and a smoke screen was put up. As a result, the opornik was dismantled, the enemy in it was destroyed."
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America Is Shipping So Many Weapons to Ukraine, Defense Companies Can’t Keep Up, Top Navy Officers Warn​

Is it possible this is an indirect way to assist the industrialization of the USA when the USD decline makes importation of manufactured goods less tenable?

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IF these numbers are true, they are shocking. Talk about demilitarization.
Seems legit
The table is built from DOD sources plus estimates based on administration statements, news reports, interviews with officials, and the author's experience in the military as an artillery officer and with acquisition in the Pentagon. The number transferred to Ukraine comes from periodic DOD fact sheets. Production rates come from DOD budget documents, particularly the Army's procurement justification books for missiles and ammunition. "Recent" production reflects levels funded in the last few years. "Surge" reflects higher rates where DOD has said it would increase production.

And it's not all that bad :laughter:
the United States has provided 108 million rounds of small arms ammunition, but U.S. production is about 8.6 billion rounds per year, so this transfer is easy to accommodate.