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Putin Left Fuming as Major Russian Missile Production Site Goes Up in Flames

A significant fire broke out at the Avangard factory in Moscow, a crucial site within Russia’s military industrial complex, known for producing ammunition for S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.

The fire reportedly spread across an area of 50 square meters within the facility. 

Emergency response teams were quick to arrive at the scene and successfully localized the blaze to prevent further damage.

The Avangard facility operates under the umbrella of Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defense Concern JSC. 

It is notably the only factory in Russia that manufactures missiles for both the S-300 and S-400 systems, which are pivotal in the country’s aerospace defense strategy.

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Employing around 2,500 people, the factory’s operations are crucial not only for domestic defense but also for Russia’s military engagements abroad, including its ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This incident follows a series of fires at other significant defense production sites in Russia this year, including the Uralmash plant in Yekaterinburg and the MiG factory in Moscow, which services Kinzhal hyper-sonic missiles used in Ukraine.

The exact cause of the fire at the Avangard factory remains unclear, with ongoing investigations to determine whether it was an accident or sabotage. 

No immediate reports of casualties were available at the time of the incident.

This fire adds to the challenges faced by the Russian military-industrial complex, which has seen multiple fires at key facilities amidst the intensifying conflict in Ukraine.

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The disruption at Avangard could potentially impact the production of S-300 and S-400 missiles, crucial for Russia’s air defense capabilities, particularly at a time when its military is heavily engaged on multiple fronts.

The incident occurred against a backdrop of significant military losses for Russia in Ukraine, with reported casualties exceeding 50,000 since the conflict began, underscoring the strain on Russia’s military resources.

More than 27,000 deaths have occurred in the past year, a massive increase which has been blamed on the “meat grinder” strategy used by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military commanders. 

Amidst these domestic challenges, Russia faces increasing international isolation, highlighted by President Vladimir Putin’s exclusion from the upcoming 80th D-Day anniversary commemorations due to the ongoing aggression in Ukraine.

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