Ukrainian servicemen fire a 2S7 Pion self-propelled gun toward Russian positions, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, on a frontline near Bakhmut in Donetsk region, Ukraine January 24, 2023. REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is rapidly moving to expand its domestic production capacity of 155mm artillery shells, according to the Army’s acquisition chief, as Ukraine uses thousands daily fending off Russia.
U.S. defense officials said last year Ukrainians expended roughly 3,000 rounds a day, while a Pentagon fact sheet issued this week said the U.S. government has already sent over 1 million 155mm rounds to the country.
Prior to the war in Ukraine, the U.S. could build about 14,400 155mm artillery shells a month. But as Ukrainian forces burn through the ammunition for howitzers sent to the country, the U.S. is hoping to ramp up production to roughly 90,000 shells a month, according to a New York Times report this week.
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WNU Editor: Ramping up production to roughly 90,000 shells a month is small when compared to Russia expending 20,000 artillery shells per day.
US Army Ramps Up Artillery Production (Update)