The ships could carry more cargo and supply a European country with a large amount of ammunition.
The United States has expanded the use of sea transport to replace air transport to supply arms to Ukraine, the Washington Post reports, citing defense representatives. Earlier in the conflict, the US military had relied more on aircraft because it is relatively faster to deliver weapons this way. However, ships can take bulk cargo Compared to air transport, indicates publication.
In the spring, the United States began supplying Ukraine with artillery and other heavy weapons, which were called a . is needed continuous flow of ammunition of great capacity, and passed on to the use of ships to supply the country.
“Once we started supplying them with howitzers, we knew we would need more ammunition. […] We can start using more shipping to provide that support and get there sometimes even earlier than requested,” said Army Colonel Steven Puthoff, deputy director of operations for U.S. Transportation Command.
The expansion marks a new phase of the conflict that, as Ukraine’s Western partners believe, “could drag on for months and possibly a few more years,” the Washington Post highlighted.
american military officer He declined to give details of specific routes. what do they use. However, he pointed out that some weapons are supplied directly to the battlefield and others go to US military warehouses in European countries where they have previously withdrawn weapons to Ukraine.
On August 24, US President Joe Biden announced a new military aid package for Ukraine of approx. $3 billion, Later, the Pentagon signed a contract to purchase the NASAMS anti-aircraft system as part of this package.