After announcing at the end of last month that Northrop Grumman and Global Military Products would compete for $522.3 million worth of orders to produce 155 mm artillery munitions, the Army said Tuesday that both companies would be awarded contracts to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia.
A Jan. 30 Defense Department contract award notice states that both companies would compete for each order of a firm, fixed-price contract for the procurement and delivery of the rounds.
The Army said in a press release Tuesday that the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology’s Joint Program Executive Office for Armaments and Ammunition awarded the orders on Jan. 30 to both companies to manufacture the ammunition.
According to the Army, money is being awarded against a “competitive multiple-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for non-standard ammunition.”
The contract is being funded under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative with deliveries expected to begin next month, according to the Army.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said earlier Tuesday that billions of dollars’ worth of weapons are headed to Ukraine due to an anticipated “spring offensive.”
Additionally, the Army’s top acquisition official Doug Bush has said that multiyear contracts and contract modifications will be part of a strategy to ramp up production of munitions such as Stingers, Javelins and 155 mm Excalibur rounds as the war rages on.
To date, the United States has committed $29.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the conflict began about a year ago.