March 28, 2023
US Army eyes sixfold production boost of 155mm shells used in Ukraine
The U.S. Army will boost production of 155mm artillery shells more than sixfold to 85,000 a month by fiscal 2028, according to the service’s undersecretary.
The Army is spending $1.45 billion on capacity “to expand 155mm artillery production from 14,000 a month to over 24,000 later this year,” and 85,000 in five years, Camarillo said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.
Now, in FY23 alone, the Army will inject $2.5 billion into modernizing the organic industrial base, mostly through supplemental funding provided by Congress to replenish stockpiles, she noted.
The Army is investing $349 million to more than double its monthly production of launchers to 41 a month and 330 missiles per month, Camarillo said. Production for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems will increase from 566 rockets per month to more than 1,100 by FY26.