Lockheed Ceo Says Supply Chain Must ‘Crank Up’ To Build Javelins

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The United States and its NATO allies have successfully helped Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy and his military to hold off the Russian invasion so far. Now Lockheed is sending out an SOS to the Biden Administration saying they need to ramp up their production making microprocessors for the Javelin missiles. The number of the Javelin missiles sent to Ukraine is unknown, but it has to be great for Lockheed to be sending out a warning for our own supply of Javelin Missles.

Speaking on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Tyclet said Lockheed Martin is looking to ramp up production of advanced Javelins, Stingers, and cruise missiles in anticipation of the continued threat from China and Russia even after the end of the war in Ukraine.

Jim Taiclet, CEO of Lockheed Martin, noted that his fight against Russian forces showed that Lockheed Martins must have “a fairly large number of superior systems” such as Javelin, Stinger, and Patriot missiles, and advanced cruise missiles while noting that they exist.

It is likely that the demand for such equipment will increase even after the end of the war in Ukraine. Its CEO Jim Tyclet told CBS News “Face the Nation” that the increase in weapons destined for Ukraine is significant. Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet said his fight against Russian forces is aimed at increasing Javelin missile production to 4,000 missiles a year.

“Right now, our capacity is 2,100 Javelin missiles per year,” Taiclet told host Margaret Brennan. “We’re endeavoring to take that up to 4,000 per year, and that will take a number of months, maybe even a couple of years to get there because we have to get our supply chain to also crank up.”

Taiclet said it would be “extremely helpful” if Congress passed the Bipartisan Innovation Act, which would, among other things, create more semiconductors domestically rather than relying on Asian suppliers.  “foxbuiness.com

A White House spokesman said the Pentagon is working with defense contractors to assess the condition of weapons systems and production lines and to examine bottlenecks at every component and step in the manufacturing process.

Javelin and stinger were made, the official said. Javelin and Stinger’s production lines are still active, but adding and potentially expanding them will take time, effort, and money, so the Pentagon is still working to “explore faster resupply and replenish depleted allies and partners in the United States.”

Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell said. The United States has delivered about 5,000 of the 5,500 javelins that the White House has promised to deliver to Ukraine, a senior Defense Department official told reporters last week. Open Image Modal the United States has delivered about 7,000 Javelin missiles to the Ukrainian army, about a third of its stockpile.

One way to help the situation is for Congress to pass the Bipartisan Innovation Act that would propel domestic design and manufacturing of microprocessors, reducing the reliance on foreign supply, Taiclet said. Each Javelin requires about 250 microprocessors, he added. Lockheed is working with partners including Intel Corp. to support the defense industry’s needs.

U.S. President Joe Biden visited the Javelin factory in Troy, Alabama, last week and urged Congress to authorize an additional $33 billion in aid for Ukraine — with lawmakers warning that stockpiles of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ premier anti-tank weapon are becoming depleted due to the war.

The self-guided portable missile system — which weighs just 49 pounds (22 kilograms) — has proved invaluable to Ukrainian fighters, who can fire on Russian vehicles from as far as 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) away and then quickly flee. The U.S. has already delivered about 5,000 of the 5,500 Javelins the White House has committed to providing to Ukraine, a senior defense official told reporters last week.  “msn.com

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