The U.S. Army is seeking $3.1 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal year 2024 to increase domestic production of 155mm artillery munitions. This request is part of a larger $106 billion emergency funding package proposed by President Biden, aimed at bolstering U.S. and allied defense capabilities, including support for Ukraine and Israel. The funding would significantly expand the U.S.’s current artillery production capabilities and replenish stockpiles depleted by support to Ukraine.
- Increased Munitions Production: The Army plans to ramp up production of 155mm artillery shells from about 14,400 per month to approximately 100,000 shells per month by the end of 2025.
- Support for Ukraine: Over two million 155mm rounds have been sent to Ukraine, leading to an urgent need to replenish U.S. stockpiles.
- Expansion of Manufacturing Facilities: The Army is under contract to build new facilities in Texas and Canada for shell production, and plans to upgrade and expand existing facilities in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Tennessee.
- Global Supply Contracts: Contracts worth $1.5 billion have been awarded to companies in the U.S., Canada, India, and Poland to boost global production of 155mm artillery rounds.
- Dependence on Congressional Approval: Achieving the goal of increased production is contingent on Congress approving the requested supplemental funding. Without it, the Army will not meet its production targets.