The scramble to rearm Ukraine is transforming NATO in a way that would’ve been hard without Putin’s help

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with British Royal Navy personnel at Bardufoss Air Base in Norway on March 25.

NATO countries have scrambled to rearm and resupply Ukraine as it fights off Russia’s invasion.
Those countries are also getting new hardware to replace the weaponry they’re sending to Kyiv.
That new equipment will further align NATO’s militaries and make the alliance more cohesive.

Billions of dollars in military hardware and other security aid has flowed from NATO countries — $18.6 billion from the US alone — to Ukraine since Russia launched its attack on February 24.

NATO is not directly involved in the war, but the support it is providing to Ukraine is helping create a more unified alliance — both politically and militarily.

As countries send their Cold War-era weaponry, much of it Soviet-designed, to Ukraine, many have received new hardware to replace it. As a result, the alliance is growing increasingly integrated, reliant not on mismatched Soviet-era stockpiles but on modern weapons that are often more interoperable even if acquired from different sources.

The shift toward more uniformity among NATO militaries is something that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have anticipated his war would produce and that would likely have been hard to bring about if not for his attack on Ukraine.

Troops from six NATO countries during a joint terminal attack controller training in Latvia on April 6.

Vasabjit Banerjee, a political science professor at Mississippi State University, said the need to backfill supplies sent to Ukraine will produce a more cohesive NATO fighting force the likes of which “has never been seen.”

Banerjee pointed to the switch from Soviet-standard 152 mm howitzers, which Ukraine used before the war, to the 155 mm howitzers in standard use among NATO militaries.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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