Lockheed Martin to boost production of HIMARS to 96 per year
A Lockheed Martin executive says the manufacturer met with its long lead supply chain to plan for increasing production to 96 HIMARS units a year.
US arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin's mobile rocket launcher facility in Camden, Arkansas, is planning to boost the production of its HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system to 96 per year, Reuters reported, citing company executives.
"We've already met with our long lead supply chain to plan for increasing production to 96 of these units a year," a Lockheed Martin executive told the news agency.
Until early 2022, the manufacturer was producing 48 HIMARS units per year. However, since then, Lockheed Martin's output has increased to 60 units each year, as per Reuters.
The Kiev regime receives HIMARS units from the US. HIMARS ammo, in particular, was included in a new $2 billion US military aid package for Ukraine revealed by the Pentagon on February 24, 2023.
One year into the #Ukraine war, the #Biden administration and the #US Congress have directed nearly more than $75 billion in assistance to Ukraine, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. pic.twitter.com/qdf3KkuGBw— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) February 23, 2023
It is noteworthy that as a result of the war in Ukraine and a rise of tensions between the US and China over Taiwan, arms sales skyrocketed from $35.8 billion in 2021 to $51.9 billion in 2022, and an even larger profit was seen due to direct weapon sales from US manufacturers, going from $103.4 billion in 2021 to $153.7 billion that same year.
Lockheed Martin was among three of the largest US weapon manufacturers that made significant profits as a result.
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