Trying to "resurrect": Russians are changing the date of manufacture of 50-year-old ammunitions to 2022-2023

Ulyana VynogradovaLife
The use of ''time-worn'' ammunition often has negative consequences.

The Russian Army is trying to "resurrect" shells of the last century. They are resetting the date of manufacture of 50-year-old ammunition to 2022-2023.

This is stated in the Telegram channel "Spy Dossier". The author wrote this material after shelling the forward control post of one of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division's engineer units. It is located in the Luhansk direction.

"It is known that at the beginning of June 2023, the 144th motorized infantry division came under artillery fire from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In the course of the shelling, among other things, property of the division's engineer-sapper unit was damaged. The command anticipated a probable shelling of the FPU (it is worth bearing in mind that the unit's positions are within artillery range of the enemy), so it decided in advance to disperse the ammunition loads and other explosive material. Therefore, the ammunition loads were distributed among the trucks that were at the disposal of the unit. Information about one of such 'undermined' vehicles came into my hands," the report says.

It is noted that we are talking about Ural-4320 with the registration plate 1654 AR 50 RUS. On board were: antipersonnel mines (MON-50, OZM-72, PMN, PMN-2 - more than 300 pieces), anti-tank mines TM-62M - more than 100 pieces, TNT - more than 100 kg, fuses, detonators and other ammunition.

"Curiously, according to the documentation, most of the above property was produced between 1967 and 1989 (with a few exceptions, the "youngest" item on the list of losses is the 1998 MON-50 mines). Nevertheless, the year of commissioning for all items on the list is 2022. So the equipment was lying in depots from 24 to 55 years until the H-Hour came - today," writes the author.

According to him, the use of "time-worn" ammunition often gives its negative consequences.

"There is wear and tear on the guns, ineffective use of ammunition loads, and a threat to the health of servicemen (up to and including deaths). Particular attention should be paid to shells that arrive at the front marked with the year of manufacture 2022-2023. Often these are "Frankensteins," assembled from what was in storage. Here is a direct speech from a soldier of one of the units from the Donetsk direction (they have 2A36 "Hyacinth-B" 152-mm guns at their disposal): "We received shells-2022, they come with fuses V-429 of 1989, according to our calculations, the rupture of the ammunition occurs in 4 cases out of 10 rounds," the material says.

The author noted that the use of a "worn out" ammunition load directly affects not only the results of combat work, but also the deterioration of the guns that use it. That is why there are many photos of various guns whose muzzles have been torn as a result of the self-explosion of low-quality ammunition in the barrel.

As reported by OBOZREVATEL, earlier the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar refuted the statements of the Russian occupants about the alleged "shell famine" in Donbass. She stressed that the invaders are trying to mislead Ukrainians, while in fact they have something to shoot.

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