The war in Ukraine has led to a significant depletion of ammunition stockpiles, prompting the US Army to reassess its production and stockpiling strategies. In response, the Army is increasing production and modernizing its manufacturing processes. The Army aims to meet the demands of potential future conflicts and support allies like Ukraine and Israel. Short-term goals include ramping up the production of 155mm artillery shells from nearly 30,000 shells per month to 100,000 shells per month by the end of 2025. The Army is also focused on securing a stronger supply chain and improving the constant manufacturing of munitions both domestically and with the assistance of US partners. These investments were made after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent rapid depletion of ammunition stockpiles on both sides. The conflict has highlighted the importance of artillery and its role in future conflicts. Ukraine heavily relies on systems like towed 155mm and 105mm howitzers and rocket artillery assets, while Russia has also sought foreign partners for munitions. The US, Ukraine’s largest single-nation donor, has gained insights into the amount of artillery ammunition needed to sustain Ukraine’s war effort and its own potential future needs. The Army is expanding and modernizing its ammunition capacity and increasing production to meet these demands. The primary focus is on 155mm shells, which have been extensively used in the conflict. The Army plans to increase manufacturing capabilities at existing government facilities and establish new domestic sites in collaboration with commercial partners. The ultimate goal is to produce 100,000 shells per month by the end of 2025. Despite challenges in supporting both Ukraine and Israel in ongoing conflicts, the US denies redirecting ammunition intended for Ukraine to Israel.
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