WASHINGTON (AP) — How other countries see the impact of US weapons in war in Ukraine, the Pentagon gets more Requests for them, including a high-tech multiple launch rocket system system which the Ukrainian forces have successfully used against Russian ammunition depots and other supplies, Defense Ministry officials said Friday.
Bill LaPlante, Subdivision secretary for acquisition, told reporters that the Pentagon is working with in defense industry to increase product lines to meet both the US and international requirements for certain weapon. And he said a few countries have already started asking about buying highly mobile artillery rocket systems or HIMARS.
As a result, he said, the US should replace both HIMARS systems it sent to Ukraine – in a predicted cost already of about $33 million, but also predict future requirements in overseas sales.
According to the Pentagon, the agency already working on a replacement for about $7 billion in weapons and equipment it was taken off shelves so that you can quickly deliver to Ukraine. Of these, about $1.2 billion already contract was signed, and half of It was for Rocket stinger.
Congress granted total of $12.5 billion for such replacements until this year, as well as another $6 billion for buy weapons and equipment directly send from industry to Ukraine. Contract items may take several years in.
A little of in money will be spent on investment in in defense industrial base so that companies can either expand or speed up their production.
“We remain trying to get things on contract as soon as possible eventually send clear and persistent demand signal our partners in industry,” LaPlante said. As an example, he said, the industry now produces about 14,400 rounds of ammunition for howitzer artillery gun every month, but planned work up up to 36,000 per month in about three years.
Even what amount, he noted, may not meet the requirements. Thus, the US Army contacted other companies around the world. world to buy 250 000 rounds of that ammo.
In some cases, according to LaPlante, there are simple solutions to increase production capacity and in others demand more creativity. Resumption of production of Stinger missiles, he said, forced contractors to come up with alternative spare parts to replace obsolete ones.
Sasha Baker, defense under secretary for policy said new US defense attache in Kyiv, Brig. General Garrick Harmon is trying to better understand the capabilities of the Ukrainian forces. using most.
She told Harmon who was appointed in July gives the US better control and ability get “real-time information about what Ukrainians see and experience and what they can need”.
LaPlante said he would meet with representatives of other NATO and Allied Procurement and Armaments countries later this month to discuss how to resolve supply chain issues and ramp up production of required equipment. He said group will also discuss how in various countries can increase use of equipment which is interchangeable and works more easily with systems of other allies.