Russia Amplifies Military Production
New Production Revealed By Satellite
New satellite imagery analysis has revealed that Russia is actively expanding its production capabilities at military factories, indicating preparations for prolonged conflict, according to an investigation by the Ukrainian Skhemy/RFE/RL project. The noticeable construction at these defense industry plants over the past year suggests a focus on tactical and strategic aircraft, combat helicopters, and cruise missiles.
One of the key facilities undergoing expansion is the Kazan Aviation Plant, located near the Borisoglebsk Airport in Kazan and part of Russia's state-owned Rostec corporation. While the plant produces civilian airliners, it also builds and repairs strategic bombers like the Tu-160, which Russia uses to launch missiles at Ukraine.
Aviation expert Anatolii Khrapchynskyi highlighted the significance of the Kazan Aviation Plant, stating that in Soviet times, it played a crucial role in producing and servicing strategic aircraft of the nuclear triad, such as the Tu-16, Tu-22, and Tu-160. The plant's current capabilities enable deep modernization and repair of remaining Tu-22M3 and Tu-160 aircraft.
Satellite images from this year reveal the construction of a large two-building hangar complex at the Kazan plant. Spanning 300 meters in length and over 180 meters in width, the hangar has raised questions about its purpose. While Russian state television claims it will be used for new Tu-214 civilian planes, experts argue that its size suggests it could also service strategic bombers like the Tu-160.
According to Khrapchynskyi, the hangar consists of two sections. One section is designed for large component assembly, maintenance, and repair, capable of accommodating three Tu-160 aircraft simultaneously. The other section houses workshops for repairing or building aircraft components and parts.
Another state aircraft factory that is increasing its capacity is located in Irkutsk, responsible for manufacturing the Su-30 fighter jet and its variants. The Military Balance reports that Russia has been investing in the production of these fighter jets.
The expansion of production capabilities at these military factories raises concerns about Russia's intentions and the potential escalation of conflicts. The increased capacity for building and repairing strategic bombers and fighter jets indicates a focus on strengthening their air force capabilities.
The investigation by the Ukrainian Skhemy/RFE/RL project sheds light on Russia's ongoing efforts to enhance its military infrastructure. The strategic nature of the aircraft being produced and repaired at these factories suggests a readiness for potential conflicts and a desire to maintain a formidable military presence.
As Russia continues to expand its military production capabilities, neighboring countries and international observers closely monitor these developments, given the potential implications for regional stability and security.