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Türkiye to assist US in increasing artillery ammunition production - Pentagon

Türkiye to assist US in increasing artillery ammunition production - Pentagon Archive photo (facebook com ukroboronprom)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Metal parts for 155-millimeter ammunition will be produced at facilities in the United States established in cooperation with subcontractors from the Turkish defense sector, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Jurgensen.

According to him, production is scheduled to begin by the end of 2025 at three plants in Texas.

He also adds that the contract for construction, installation, and subsequent production was signed with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

Jurgensen specifies that the ammunition plant would have a production capacity of 30,000 shell casings per month.

US cooperation with Türkiye

Earlier, US Ambassador Jeff Flake stated in his article that strong relations with Türkiye are important for Washington.

In the material titled "A strong relationship with Türkiye is in America’s best interest," he noted that the "transformation" of the Turkish defense sector is an integral part of the US defense supply chain and NATO's power.

Missiles for Ukraine

In early May 2023, the European Union and its allies agreed to allocate one billion euros for joint purchases of ammunition for Ukraine. It was planned that the EU countries would provide Ukraine with one million shells by March 2024. But so far, this plan has not been fulfilled.

Speaking in Munich, Czech President Petr Pavel said that Prague had found 800,000 shells that could be sent to Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Recently, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas also said that Europe has tripled its production of shells for Ukraine. In addition, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said that Poland is considering more ammunition to help Ukraine.