Ukraine Fires 150 Tons of NATO-Provided Munitions at Russians Daily
3000 155mm rounds in context
Source: The Drive
A senior [US] defense official told reporters in a background briefing on Friday that Ukrainian forces are firing some 3,000 155mm shells per day at Russian forces.
The revelation came amid questioning on the latest tranche of weapons and ammunition being sent to Ukraine, including, for the first time 1,000 guided 155mm ‘smart’ shells.
The official said despite the high usage rate, Ukrainian forces still have “substantial stores” of 155mm rounds and are far from running out with more rounds on the way. The U.S. and NATO allies have donated hundreds of thousands of 155mm rounds to Ukraine.
“We’ve supplied it, other countries have supplied that,” the official said. “… We know what their use rate is, we know what their store rate is, and we’re monitoring that as we continue to supply them capabilities.”
Footage from Friday showed a Ukrainian PzH-2000 self-propelled howitzer crew firing 155mm rounds every eight seconds in combat near the frontline.
Ukrainian PzH-2000 155mm SPG firing a shot about once every 8 seconds pic.twitter.com/jJbxwBkvyu
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Editor’s note: A 155mm shell weighs nearly 50 kilograms. It is sometimes fired with one or more additionall propellant charge bags weighing 6 kilograms. The Ukrainians have been known to exaggarate their ammo consumption and ammo shortages for effect.