U.S. concludes contracts for $1.2 bln to replenish stocks of weapons sent to Ukraine

10 September, 10:58 AM
USA (Photo:REUTERS / Carlos Barria)

USA (Photo:REUTERS / Carlos Barria)

About $1.2 billion in contracts are underway to replenish U.S. military stocks for weapons sent to Ukraine, Bill LaPlante, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said during a briefing at the Pentagon on Sept. 9.

According to LaPlante, this includes about $352 million in funding for replacement Javelin missiles, $624 million for replacement Stinger missiles, and $33 million for replacement HIMARS systems.

He said that another $1.2 billion in contracts are underway now for equipment promised to Ukraine under USAI (Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative), including for things like 155mm ammunition, Switchblade unmanned aerial systems, radar systems, and tactical vehicles.

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The U.S. defense official added he will meet Sept. 28 with the national armaments directors from other contact group nations to discuss how the global defense industrial base can continue to support Ukraine both now and into the future.

Also on the agenda is developing a global picture of the defense supply chain, he said.

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