Northrop Grumman [NOC] and Global Military Products, a division of Global Ordnance

, will produce 155mm artillery ammunition for Ukraine under new deals from the Army totaling $522.3 million.

The Army said Tuesday the deals, officially awarded on Jan. 30, are funded through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and were “made against a competitive multiple-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for non-standard ammunition.”

The Honorable Douglas R. Bush, assistant secretary of the army for acquisition, logistics and technology, receives a briefing of current V Corps operations at Victory Corps Forward, from U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Harris assigned to V Corps, during a visit to Camp Kościuszko, Poland, Sep. 8, 2022. Photo by Spc. Dean Johnson, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

“This is an example of the Army’s continued commitment to continue working closely with industry to support the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and award replacement contracts as quickly as possible, using undefinitized contract actions, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts, and other tools that accelerate acquisition timelines,” the Army said in a statement.

Army spokesperson Ellen Lovett confirmed to Defense Daily in an earlier statement that production under the deal will take place outside the continental U.S.

“This effort complements the Army’s efforts to significantly increase domestic production of 155mm ammunition and associated items,” Lovett said.

Deliveries of the 155mm ammunition to Ukraine are expected to begin in March, according to the Army.

Doug Bush, the Army’s top acquisition official, has detailed the service’s focus on ramping up production of 155mm ammunition in the coming years and said he expects there will be “several big awards” in February and March related to replenishing stockpiles of critical munitions sent to Ukraine (Defense Daily, Jan. 26).