Help from Washington to Ukraine: American military industry fears overheating

The House of Representatives voted a budget of $ 40 billion, greater than what President Joe Biden asked, while weapons stocks are already under tension.

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Joe Biden himself probably did not expect so much. Tuesday, May 10, the American House of Representatives voted to grant an envelope of more than $ 40 billion (38 billion euros) to help Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. An amount greater than that hoped for by the American president, who had claimed 33 billion. This decision must still be ratified by the Senate, during a vote at the end of the week, but it should not be called into question, in view of the consensus between Democrats and Republicans on the subject.

“With this aid program, America sends the world the signal of our unshakable determination to support the courageous people of Ukraine until victory,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic president of The House of Representatives, in a letter sent before the vote. If this bill is adopted by the Senate, a total of more than $ 50 billion will be devoted by the United States to help Ukraine, 13.6 billion having already been released since the start of the year .

If most of this new envelope is intended for civilian equipment or humanitarian aid, some $ 6 billion is planned to strengthen Ukraine in armored vehicles and anti -aircraft defense. A colossal amount – The equivalent of the annual Ukrainian defense budget – which corresponds to the needs of a high intensity conflict: according to a French military source, the Ukrainians “consume” currently in one day the equivalent of ten days of Western weapons deliveries.

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it remains to be seen whether the United States will be able to deliver to Ukraine as many weapons as they promise. US army stocks are not expandable and are subject, like those of their European counterparts, to tendy tensions. “If American stocks of simple weapons, especially ammunition, are not started and their fairly regular renewal, those of more complex systems, such as drones or guided missiles, are more problematic,” says Joseph Henrotin, research manager at the International Analysis and Proresiem (CAPRI) Center.

Since the start of the conflict, the United States has delivered more than 5,500 bleach missiles to Ukraine, portable weapons intended to unravel the shields and wreaked havoc among the Russian tanks, according to a statement published the May 11 by the Pentagon. This represents more than a third of American stocks, revealed the leader of the Republicans in the Senate at the end of April, Mitch McConnell. Similarly, more than 1,400 stinger anti -aircraft missiles were taken from the American army funds to be sent to kyiv, a quarter of the country’s reserves.

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