The US Army is considering multiyear contracts for munitions to assist Ukraine.

The Army is considering which munitions programs could be more beneficial to both Ukraine and the US if Congress authorizes these replenishment supplies to Ukraine.

The Pentagon would be granted wartime procurement powers through bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate, allowing it to use multiyear contracts to buy large amounts of high-priority munitions to help Ukraine fight Russia and replenish US reserves.

The Pentagon and some lawmakers wanted a critical munitions acquisition fund in the annual defense authorization bill, but Senate appropriators rejected it. So instead, the proposed legislation is an amendment.

“Whether you want to call it wartime contracting or emergency contracting, we can’t play around anymore. We can’t pussyfoot around with minimum-sustaining-rate buys of these munitions. It’s hard to think of something as high on everybody’s list as buying a ton of munitions for the next few years, for our operational plans against China and continuing to supply Ukraine,” said a senior congressional aide who spoke to Defense News on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to communicate with the press.

Patriot Missile
An MIM-104 Patriot missile is test fired. (Source: NARA)

According to Army Acquisition Chief Doug Bush, munitions programs are already being purchased in large quantities. The GMLRS and Patriot missiles are among the weapons systems produced in large volumes, as well as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS launchers, which may be the subject of a multiyear contract.

“That would be, for the Army, unusual, but this could be the circumstance where it’s a good idea, but we’re still working on that and anything we do would require specific congressional approval by both authorizers and appropriators,” he said.

Bush says the Pentagon has provided Congress with the data and the justification to propose the initiative.