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US Is Sending More Artillery to Ukraine — But It Won’t Arrive for Years

  • The $1.1 billion in military aid isn’t for immediate needs
  • Lockheed would have to build HIMARS systems prized by Ukraine
A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)
A US M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)Photographer: Fadel Senna/Getty Images

The highly-prized HIMARS artillery system in the US’s latest $1.1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine will take a few years to be built, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

The US announced it would send 18 High Mobility Artillery Systems, made by Lockheed Martin Corp., as part of the new assistance package. Unlike the 16 HIMARS already sent from existing Pentagon stocks, the new ones will have to be built under contract through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, according to the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.