In its effort to send more weapons into Ukraine, the Pentagon has put out an open call to the arms industry to offer weapons and other systems that could rapidly be delivered to the country.
On SAM.gov, a website for federal contracts, the Pentagon posted a Request for Information (RFI) on new weapons that could be used by Ukraine. The post is the latest example of the Defense Department’s close coordination with the arms industry, which stands to gain long-term benefits from the war.
In the post, the Pentagon asks the industry to “Describe the weapon, product, or system you believe could assist the Ukrainian military.” It asks for a timeline of how fast the weapons could be delivered, and what capabilities the arms best support.
The types of weapons and systems the Pentagon seeks information on include air defense, anti-armor, anti-personnel, coastal defense, counter-battery, unmanned aerial systems, and communications equipment.
“The department is interested in learning about and discussing novel solutions, including from non-traditional weapons makers,” Pentagon spokesperson Jessica Maxwell told Defense News.
The Pentagon is also requesting information on whether the weapons are currently in production and if the Ukrainian military would require training to use them. The US recently began training Ukrainian forces on how to use Howitzers, which the US started sending to Kyiv for the first time earlier this month.
As part of an $800 million weapons package announced for Ukraine last week, the US sent Ukraine a new weapon known as the Phoenix Ghost drone. The Pentagon said it was specifically designed for Kyiv but offered little detail, only saying it was similar in capability to the Switchblade drones the US has been sending to Ukraine.
The US announced more military aid for Ukraine on Monday in the form of Foreign Military Financing (FMF), which provides funds to purchase US-made weapons. The US will be giving Ukraine $322 million in FMF aid, and $391 will go to 15 other European countries. Since Russia invaded on February 24, the US has pledged about $3.7 billion in new military aid for Ukraine.
23 thoughts on “Pentagon Asks the Arms Industry for New Weapons for Ukraine”
Of course Hunter Biden get a new crack pipe and Joe Biden the Big Guy gets 10%.
Thinks for this refrain, cutting through all the phoney dignity-of-office to show the ding an sich degeneracy of the elite US political class.
Russia blows them up faster than we can make them.
That applies perfecly to russian tanks.
Tanks today are like battleships of the past. Obsolete.
Both Pentagon and the arms industry supporting the politicians who are promoting the idea of ever increasing military budget. This business is very lucrative for all the participants. Including the mass media, of course. Everyone has his share of the taxpayers money.
Sure Biden gave away American weapons to Ukraine so now they have to buy new weapons. Hunter gets a new crack pipe and Joe the Big Guy gets 10%.
At what point will the US be called an active belligerent? Or has that term been redefined to fit the narrative?
And one wonders where the remote operator of Shadow & Switchblade are actually based?
If I’m not mistaken, the Switchblades are man portable and man operable. Also mostly useless against tanks with reactive armor. Shadows are recon drones only, no armament, have to be controlled from Humvees which of course are easily targetable. Russia is shooting down probably 10-15 drones a day.
thanks, Richard, very helpful.
Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money … US foreign policy redux: new and better ways to transfer taxpayer money to corporations.
What a surprise. Never mentioned is the reason for “the Russian invasion” of its next door neighbor after 8 years of the USA interfering to take over the control of the Nazi-infested part of the population and the refusal to try the UN-approved peace plan. Who cares about independence or peace? Only the MIC and the rich matter to the USA.
When Moscow starts missile strikes in homeland USA its because Putin is a bad man right? You started the war and Russia will finish it.
Ukraine has already lost the war, US weapons supplies are just pure evil.
The Demand is more than Supply because Russia keep destroying the weapons upon arrival…! Lol…!
“…Sorcerers of death’s construction. In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning. Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds…”
– War Pigs by Black Sabbath (sung by Ozzy Osbourne)
Escalation will turn more of Ukraine* into a battlefield. I am antiwar.
*neighboring areas of Russia,possibly Moldova & Poland also.
I heard thousands of Russian Neo Nazis are now joining Azov. It explains why Azov has now become a super power and is slowly taking the Russian army apart. Who knew.
This is what I call the “send useless but billable crap to Ukraine” scam. Also called “soak the taxpayer for the benefit of Nazis” scam. Whether that’s Ukrainian Nazis or American corporate Nazis is up to you.
Britain has joined the war. Russia then announced the investigation of at least two British SAS special ops groups in Lvov
France has joined the war. servicemen of the 13th Parachute Dragoon Regiment, which is part of the French Special Operations Forces, were deployed to Ukraine.
We can now all agree that the “Russia is losing” narrative has ended. The US/Nazi logistics are basically dead. No fuel, no lubricants, no ammo, no rotation, no meds, and no food and even almost no water.
Western weapons which still are getting to the Donbass are either small and basically irrelevant, or destroyed long before they get anywhere.
On paper the Ukronazi army still exists, in reality it is comprehensively defeated. Western actions have a minimal impact on the combat operations.
Public opinion in Russia is united around Putin and the Russian armed forces. All the now openly racist bigoted comments made by western politicians is only reinforcing this.
Just as in 1814 Russian troops liberated Paris and in 1945 Berlin, so in the 2020s Brussels will be liberated. Denazified.
Romania has joined the war. Ukraine and Romania plan joint aggression against Transnistria. Romanian military disguised as Moldovan military are training in camps in Romania.
There is a ‘large number of Romanian soldiers and officers’ that have been deployed to Moldova under Moldovan uniforms, including officers and commanders replaced by Romanian counterparts.
The objective appears to be a huge military storage site in Kolbasnaya.
At the moment, there are 2,500-3,000 Russian servicemen in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). These are the 82nd and 113th separate guards motorized rifle battalions, and the 540th separate control battalion.
The total strength of the PMR Armed Forces is 15,000 people. The PMR Armed Forces have 4 motorized rifle brigades located in the cities of Tiraspol, Bendery, Dubossary and Rybnitsa, of which one is guards (deployed in the city of Tiraspol). Four special forces battalions. Mob reserve up to 80 thousand people.
Poland has joined the war. Poland is preparing a “liberation campaign”. The supply of weapons, equipment and mercenaries across the Polish-Ukrainian border are in place. Several formations of the Polish Army – the 18th motorized rifle division and the 6th airborne brigade – are preparing for a “peacekeeping mission”.
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