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The US is planning to increase its production of weapons and munitions drastically. Stockpiles have been significantly depleted due to unprecedented arms transfers to Ukraine.
The Department of Defense says they have sent 806,000 155mm shells and 108,000 105mm shells to Ukraine since February, totaling almost one million shells transferred. This number does not include rockets and missiles.
Estimates from June have the Ukrainians expending approximately 6,000 artillery shells each day. Ukraine is not able to meet this requirement with its own manufacturing, causing the US to deplete its own arsenal.
Officials inside the Department of Defense did not say how many artillery shells are remaining, but they did say that number is “uncomfortably low.”
On Friday, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante, said the United States is planning to increase production of 155mm shells from 14,000 per month to 36,000 per month.
At a press conference, LaPlante said, “Right now, the 155 (mm) munitions are (produced) at about 14,400 a month, and we have plans working with the contractor to get that in increments ultimately up to 36,000 a month by about three years. It’s going to be in steps.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced another military aid package for Ukraine totaling $2 billion. The US Army has also requested an additional $500 million annually from Congress to improve ammunition-producing plants.
Biden’s weapon transfers to Ukraine have amounted to the largest arms deal in history, also causing the US to run low on anti-tank missiles.