[ワシントン １２日 ロイター] – A senior US military official said Monday that Russia is ready to use older, less accurate weapons as the nearly 10-month invasion of Ukraine runs out of stock.
He said his weapons inventory included weapons manufactured more than 40 years ago, but that he “seems willing to use such old weapons.”
Washington has accused Russia of seeking arms from Iran and North Korea as its conventional arms stocks run low.
The official said that if Russia does not rely on foreign or outdated weapons, it will run out of fully operational weapons by early 2023.
But using outdated weapons carries risks. “You either have to load the shell and hope it fires, or hope it explodes when it hits,” he said.