Texas plant to produce 30,000 artillery shells monthly for Ukraine aid


The first munitions factory built by General Dynamics since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has opened in Mesquite, Texas. It will soon be producing 30,000 155-mm artillery shells per month, the New York Times reported on May 29.

The General Dynamics plant will soon double the current U.S. production volume of 155-mm shells.

Last year, the Pentagon set a goal of producing 100,000 shells per month by the end of 2025. Two plants in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, together produce about 36,000 shells per month.

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The target of 100,000 rounds per month represents an almost tenfold increase in production compared to a few years ago.

However, the publication notes that it's unclear whether the increased ammunition production alone will be enough to shift the battlefield advantage in favor of Ukraine.

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“A steady increase in artillery ammunition production is essential to the long-term needs of the United States and Ukraine, but even in the best-case scenario, I would say that these end-of-2025 targets will be met late in this war, and it is likely that Russia's artillery ammunition production will still be greater than the United States and Europe combined at that point,” said Michael Coffman, an expert on the Russian military and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukraine was firing 4,000 to 7,000 155-mm rounds a day for several months in 2023 until problems in the U.S. Congress suspended further funding for arms.

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