How much does Russia have from a tank factory? How many tanks produced per month? With a tenfold increase in demand due to losses in Ukraine

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In the 1940s, the Soviet Union was able to produce 1,000 tanks per month. Today, Russia can only produce 20 tanks, with one factory struggling to keep up with huge demand caused by the war in Ukraine, according to The Economist.

The British magazine reports that Russia now has only one tank factory, UralVagonZavod, a massive industrial complex built in the 1930s in eastern Russia.

It may be one of the world’s largest tank manufacturers, with Fortune estimating it has 30,000 employees, but each month it can only produce tanks in double digits, The Economist reports, citing Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

That’s not even close to demand: a Western official told the magazine that demand outstrips supply by a factor of 10.

Russia loses about 150 tanks a month in Ukraine, according to an analysis by the open-source intelligence platform Oryx. Oryx reports that it has lost 1,779 tanks since February 2022.

Tank production is now more difficult than it was in the 1940s, because modern tanks are more complex in construction and more complex, according to The Economist.

But there are other factors involved as well.

The Economist reported that shortages of parts, particularly semiconductors, have hampered Russian production.

She said the Uralvagonzavod plant had not been properly modernized due to financial mismanagement and large debts.

As a result, Russia has become increasingly dependent on restoring old tanks, which have thousands of tanks in stock.

The Economist said Uralvagonzavod is refurbishing about eight old tanks a month, with three other repair plants in Russia rebuilding another 17 or so tanks a month. Two more plants are set to come online in the coming months, according to the media outlet.

Russia may soon be able to produce around 90 tanks each month, with 20 new tanks being built, but even that may fail to match its estimated losses.

Ukraine also struggled to produce new tanks, as its only tank factory was destroyed at the start of the war. But the Western allies are now supplying it with tanks.

The United States is preparing to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, although the New York Times reported this month that some European countries are struggling to deliver on promises to send Leopard 2 tanks.

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