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EU and Poland agree on ammo production for Ukraine

EU and Poland agree on ammo production for Ukraine Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Poland has signed a "framework contract" with the European Defense Agency (EDA) for joint procurement of 155mm ammunition for Ukraine, according to RMF FM.

"The 'framework contract' does not currently include details, such as the types of ammunition and their exact quantity. However, the signing of the document means that EU countries can now place specific orders at Polish factories.

On June 1, the Polish government approved an agreement for the supply of ammunition between the Armament Agency and the PGZ-AMUNICJA consortium, which includes Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, Zakłady Metalowe Dezamet, and Mesko, among others.

The agreement represents the first stage of orders for hundreds of thousands of 155mm artillery ammunition, with exports planned considering the needs of European and global markets.

Currently, countries are in the process of placing orders, based on which the EDA will prepare wholesale orders for the European industry by the end of September, with the first specific deliveries expected. These deliveries will primarily focus on the production of 155mm ammunition.

Overall, it indicates that Polish arms factories will receive specific orders by the end of September.

Joint procurements

In early May, the EU Council adopted a decision to assist Ukraine in joint procurement of ammunition and missiles. Ukraine is planned to receive 1 million rounds.

On September 5, the European Defence Agency (EDA) signed the first contracts for the joint procurement of artillery ammunition for Ukraine. EU members will be purchasing universal ammunition for the most common artillery howitzers, including the French Caesar, Polish Krab, German Panzerhaubitze 2000, and Slovak Zuzana.