Bloomberg reports Washington replenishes its expensive Excalibur shells following the shipment of undeclared supplies into Kiev.
Bloomberg reports that the Pentagon has spent more than $90 million on new M982 Excalibur ammunitions. According to the budget documents mentioned in the article, they are replacing an earlier stockpile sent to Ukraine.
Each of these 155mm bullets can be purchased for tens to thousands of dollars. Some may cost more than $100,000.
Raytheon and BAE created the munition and have certified it to work with various NATO artillery pieces including American M777 howitzers as well as German PzH2000 Howitzers.
According to a document last month, the Pentagon is expected to spend $92 Million on purchases “replacement M982 Excalibur munitions transferred to Ukraine in support of the international effort” to undermine Russia’s military operation, as quoted by Bloomberg. A military analyst estimates that the money will buy roughly 900 projectiles.
US to send more arms to Ukraine – Pentagon
More than $40 billion was authorized for emergency spending under the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Act. The law, signed into law by US President Joe Biden in may, provides funds. A minimum of half of this sum was allotted to the Pentagon. The remaining $9 billion went towards replenishing US military stocks.
Although the US didn’t officially declare that Excalibur was being delivered to Kiev, it did make an announcement. However, the Ukrainian soldiers have posted videos to social media showing how they fired shells onto the battlefield.
One video was posted by a Russian war correspondent to prove that precision rounds are being used by Ukraine. A Ukrainian soldier joked that his unit would use the precision guns. “throw to the wind a heap of money”Before loading the ammunition into a gun, and before firing.
Canadian media reported that in April, their country quietly shipped Excalibur shells into Ukraine as part of the US-made M777 howitzers.
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