In a significant boost to its ammunition production capabilities, the US Army unveiled the Universal Artillery Projectile Lines (UAPL) facility in Mesquite, Texas, on Wednesday, May 29.

This state-of-the-art plant, managed by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, represents a critical step in modernizing the nation’s defense industrial base and ensuring the Army’s readiness for future threats.

“This plant is an important example of how we are modernizing our World War II-era organic industrial base,” said Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth in a statement. “The Army is spending more than a billion dollars every year to make these critical improvements.”

The UAPL boasts cutting-edge manufacturing technologies and processes, enabling high-volume production of various ammunition, ranging from 60mm to 155mm, with minimal adjustments.

This flexibility is crucial in meeting the Army’s ambitious goal of producing 100,000 artillery rounds per month by the end of 2025.

Addressing a Critical Need

The facility’s opening comes at a critical juncture, as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has highlighted the need for a robust and reliable domestic ammunition supply chain.

Prior to the war, the US monthly production capacity for 155mm shells was a mere 24,000.

155mm shells
155mm shells (Image source: DVIDS)

The UAPL, with its advanced technology and automation, will significantly increase this capacity, ensuring the Army’s readiness and deterring potential adversaries.