Finnish defense company is going to increase ammunition production fivefold due to war in Ukraine: what is known
In Finland, the defense company Nammo Lapua's ammunition plant plans to increase its output fivefold in 2024. This is due to the fact that artillery shells are the basis of Helsinki's assistance to Ukraine.
This was announced by the company's regional director Ilkka Heikila on Sunday, February 4, Yle reports. According to him, Nammo Lapua has applied to participate in the European Union's ASAP project (Ammunition Support Act), which provides for the production of one million shells a year.
The plant, which produces shells for artillery shells, is located in the city of Sastamala in western Finland. The project will also require funding from the national government.
"The increase in production at the plant in Sastamala, which produces shells for artillery shells, is related to the war in Ukraine, as artillery shells play a key role in Finnish aid to Ukraine," the statement said.
Nammo (Nordic Ammunition Company) is a Norwegian-Finnish company specializing in the production of ammunition. The company's shares are equally divided and owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Finnish defense corporation Patria.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, at least four factories of Nammo, a company involved in supplying the Ukrainian Defense Forces with shells, will stop working in Finland for two days due to strikes. Therefore, the timing of the production of ammunition and its delivery to Ukraine may change.