The US military is running low on some types of ammunition after the White House approved and delivered billions of dollars in “lethal aid”for Ukraine since February, several military officials told the Wall Street Journal on condition of anonymity.
The drawdown on supplies has prompted the Army to carry out an “ammunitions industrial base deep dive,” in which it will determine how to maintain its own supplies while keeping up the current pace of aid to Ukrainian forces. The United States has devoted nearly $14 billion in direct weaponry supplies to Kiev this year alone.
According to an industry official reached by the Journal, it can take suppliers up to 18 months to manufacture new ammunition from the time orders are placed, while more sophisticated weapons, such as missiles, are likely to take much longer. While the Army and other branches continue to fulfill existing contracts with ammunition producers, they have not signed deals to account for the growing scarcities.
Since Washington intensified its arms deliveries to Kiev in February, some suppliers say the Pentagon is simply not communicating the needs of the military, which has created “delays” and left contractors “unable to prepare for more production,” the outlet reported