Russia Begins Three-Shift Production of Three-Ton 'Super Bombs': Capabilities Explored

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.21 - 2024 11:22 PM CET

Photo: Telegram
Photo: Telegram
Russia Begins Three-Shift Production of Three-Ton 'Super Bombs'.

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Russia has initiated mass production of the FAB-3000, a three-ton aerial bomb, starting February 2024.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced this development, highlighting the ramped-up production at defense industrial complex facilities located in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The move comes amidst ongoing geopolitical tensions and raises questions about the bomb's potential applications.

Defense Minister's Inspection and Production Enhancements

Sergei Shoigu, Russia's Defense Minister, recently visited the production sites, inspecting the manufacturing process of the FAB-3000 bombs alongside artillery and tank ammunition of various calibers.

The ministry has reported a significant increase in the production of FAB-500 bombs, a doubling of FAB-1500 bomb production, and the initiation of mass production of the FAB-3000 since February of this year.

The increase in production is attributed to the de-conservation of manufacturing capacities, modernization of production lines with advanced equipment, and technical re-equipment, allowing for a fivefold increase in the output of modern artillery and aviation means of destruction compared to 2023.

Facility Operating in Three Shifts

Significant work has been carried out at the Nizhny Novgorod plant, including reconstruction and modernization of production areas.

More than 45,000 square meters of workspace have been brought into operation following these upgrades. The majority of the defense enterprise's sectors now operate around the clock, with employees working in three shifts. Over two years, the workforce has increased by 1,100 people.

About the FAB-3000

The FAB-3000, a high-explosive aerial bomb developed during the Soviet era, is one of the most destructive aviation munitions available today.

It is designed to target various types of structures, shelters (including concrete ones), and fortified industrial facilities. Weighing approximately three tons, with almost half of that being explosive material, the bomb can be deployed from heights of up to 16 kilometers, reaching speeds of 1200 kilometers per hour.

Military Applications and Expert Commentary

The FAB-3000 was adopted into armament post-World War II, alongside munitions ranging from 100 to 9000 kilograms. While initially intended for use against large naval vessels, its application has expanded to include industrial targets, dams, and underground facilities, with documented use during the Afghan war.

Recent plans by the Russian Aerospace Forces to employ the FAB-3000 and its larger counterpart, the FAB-5000M, were disclosed in September 2022, highlighting their potential against highly fortified targets. Military expert Captain 1st Rank Reserve Vasily Dandykin noted their effectiveness in preserving Russian aircraft, referencing American journalists' opinions on the challenges posed by gliding bombs to Ukraine's counteroffensive efforts.

As mass production of the FAB-3000 begins, its deployment in conflict zones, particularly in the context of the war is expected to significantly impact military strategies and ground forces' effectiveness.

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