The U.S. Army is accelerating its weapons acquisition process to speed through a backlog of contracts needed to replenish U.S. stocks of weapons depleted by arms shipments to Ukraine.

A U.S. official said this on Monday, reports with reference Reuters.

“The accelerated contracting effort hinges on running processes simultaneously that used to be run in succession and is based on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic,” the agency cited Doug Bush, the chief weapons buyer for the Army, as saying.

According to Pentagon contracting data, $2.6 billion worth of contracts have been concluded to replace weapons sent to Ukraine. It is noted that the United States awarded about $1 billion in contracts to weapons makers since the second half of October, mostly for ammunition and rockets, suggesting the acceleration of this process.

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