The conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated the inability of the US military industry to produce the right amount of ammunition, US Deputy Defense Secretary Colin Kahl has said.

“The conflict in Ukraine showed that our defense industrial base was not up to the necessary level to produce ammunition,” he was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

Kahl added that increasing output has now become a priority for Washington.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had earlier been forced to admit that the supply of ammunition to Ukraine “is not sustainable” because its “consumption is much higher” than the rate of production in the alliance member states.

The bloc’s secretary-general also said that NATO was running out of ammunition supplies to Kiev.