Yury Kobzar18:50, 23.01.23
Arms deliveries to Ukraine have already significantly depleted US military arsenals.
The publication notes that America provided significant assistance to Ukraine in the largest European war since World War II. However, the protracted conflict has shown that there is a “strategic danger” of a critical reduction in existing weapons stocks due to the unwillingness of defense companies to rapidly replenish their arsenals.
The newspaper refers to a study published by Seth Jones, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, located in Washington.
In an interview with the publication, the analyst noted that the American military industry currently operates in peacetime mode. High-ranking US military officials and officials cited by Jones estimate that the US military would quickly run out of ammunition in the event of a potential conflict with China.
“A potential conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific region will differ from the mainly land war taking place in Ukraine, but, nevertheless, the US will need to use large amounts of weapons,” the publication writes.
Due to problems with the industrial base, caused by outdated military contracting procedures and a “sluggish bureaucracy”, the US will find it “extremely difficult to sustain a protracted conflict”, according to the analyst.
As a visual indicator of this problem, Jones cites deliveries of Javelin hand-held anti-tank systems to Ukraine. According to his data, since August last year, the Armed Forces received such a number of these ATGMs as the American industry produces in 7 years.
Stinger portable anti-aircraft missile complexes were delivered to Ukraine in the volume equal to their export deliveries to other countries over the past 20 years. Having transferred over a million 155 mm shells to Ukraine, the US has reduced its own stockpile of these ammunition to a “low” level.