Tuesday, November 29, 2022

“Visionary”?: The United States Has Ammunition Problems Because of the Ukraine War

The United States supplied over 800,000 artillery shells

The US has delivered 16 Hymer-type rocket launchers along with thousands of rifles, drones, rockets, howitzers and other equipment to Ukraine over the past six months. Much of this, including ammunition, comes directly from US stockpiles. By August 24, the US military said it had delivered up to 806,000 rounds of 155 mm howitzer ammunition to Ukraine.

The Hymer System Fires Missiles At Ukraine.
The Hymer system fires missiles at Ukraine. (Quelle: Cover-Images/Imago Images)

A defense official said that in recent weeks, US military stockpiles of this ammunition have been “uncomfortably depleted”. But the stock is not important right now as the US is not currently involved in any major military conflict, the official said.

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The military is now conducting “a thorough investigation of the ammunition industry” to determine how to support Ukraine while protecting “our own supply needs”. $500 million per year was requested for the modernization of the army’s ammunition factories. Meanwhile, the military is relying on existing contracts to increase production of munitions.

However, new contracts for the production of ammunition in greater quantities were not concluded. However, they will be necessary to meet the additional demand.

Germany protects its Bundeswehr stock – so far

Germany is also supporting Ukraine with arms supplies. Since the start of the war, the German government had repeatedly insisted that Ukraine would not be given any arms or ammunition if this would undermine its own defense capability.

In a “Spiegel” guest article, MPs Sarah Nanni (Greens), Christian Klink (SPD) and Alexander Müller (FDP) called for a significant increase in arms deliveries to Ukraine recently. “We see it as our duty to support Kyiv’s struggle for existence – because Ukraine is also protecting our interests and values,” it said. To support the country, a “temporary cut in the Bundeswehr” would have to be accepted, demanded traffic light politicians. The resulting gap can be immediately replaced with the equipment used.

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