Lockheed Martin to Increase Production of HIMARS Rocket Launchers By 60%

The rocket system is in high demand due to the Ukraine war

Lockheed Martin will increase its production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) by over 60% by the end of the year, as the rocket launcher has been in high demand since the US started sending it to Ukraine.

The US provided its first HIMARS to Ukraine in June 2022, which marked a significant escalation of US support for the proxy war. HIMARS are mounted on trucks, making them easy to move, and fire GPS-guided munitions.

According to The Defense Post, the US has delivered 39 HIMARS to Ukraine, and several European countries, including Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, have placed orders for the advanced artillery system.

Lockheed Martin produced 60 HIMARS launchers in 2023, which marked a 25% increase from 2022. This year, the weapons maker aims to produce 96. The US Army is looking for a total of 500 HIMARS by 2028, which would require producing 100 each year.

The increase in HIMARS production is just one example of how the proxy war in Ukraine has been a total boon for US arms makers. Lockheed Martin is also looking to increase the production of Javelin anti-tank missiles, which are made jointly with Raytheon, the former employer of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

The war in Ukraine revived Raytheon’s Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, which were out of production for 20 years. To restart production, Raytheon had to call in retired engineers.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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