Pentagon builds artillery repair facility for Ukraine in Poland, reports NYT
Ukrainian artillery (Photo:General Staff)
The U.S. military has organized a repair base in Poland for artillery pieces supplied to Ukraine, U.S. newspaper The New York Times reported on Nov. 25.
The organization of these repairs is a priority task of the Pentagon’s European command, the NYT wrote.
Due to burnouts after months of overuse, or being damaged and destroyed in combat, about a third of the approximately 350 artillery pieces supplied to Ukraine by Western countries are out of order at any given time, according to the NYT.
“Swapping out a howitzer’s barrel, which can be 20 feet long and weigh thousands of pounds, is beyond the capability of soldiers in the field,” the newspaper explained.
Efforts to repair the weapons in Poland began in recent months, the NYT stated, adding that Ukrainians have asked for maintenance facilities to be set up closer to the front lines, to minimize downtime between combat usage for these weapons.
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