U.S. signs contracts worth more than $1.5 billion for production of ammunition

15 February, 11:25 AM
The Ukrainian military is firing at the Russian occupiers (Photo:Генштаб ЗСУ)

The Ukrainian military is firing at the Russian occupiers (Photo:Генштаб ЗСУ)

The U.S. Army has signed contracts worth $522 million with companies that will manufacture artillery shells for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, U.S. government-funded outlet RFE/RL reported on Feb. 15.

In particular, contracts were signed with defense firms Northrop Grumman Systems and Global Military Products, over fears that the Ukrainian military was depleting its stockpiles of artillery shells too quickly.

Deliveries of the new shells are planned for the beginning of March, the army said in a statement on Feb. 14. The contracts are financed by the Pentagon’s Ukraine Security Initiative.

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Earlier, U.S. newspaper The New York Times reported that small NATO member states have exhausted their potential to supply arms to Ukraine. According to the publication, NATO countries are discussing investments in old factories in Czechia, Slovakia, and Bulgaria to resume the production of Soviet-era shells for the Ukrainian artillery arsenal.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previously called on the Alliance to increase production of weapons to support Ukraine, as NATO has exhausted most of its stockpiles of weapons and ammunition.

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