Lockheed Martin Corporation, manufacturer of ATG FGM-148 Javelin, which the Ukrainian military and ordinary citizens like, plans to double the production of Javelin missiles. This was stated by Lockheed Martin CEO James Taiclet in an interview with CBS News.
We are talking about increasing production from 2,100 missiles per year to 4,000 missiles per year, which is almost twice as much! And according to James Taiclet, this increase will last several years.
Demand for Javelin has grown not only because the Ukrainian Armed Forces are actively using missile supplies provided by Western partners (but yes, they use them every day), but also because many countries around the world have decided to replenish their arsenals after the active phase of the Russian-Ukrainian war.
Interestingly, just a few days before this interview with James Taiclet, Lockheed Martin factory in Alabama, the one that makes missiles for Javelin, was visited by US President Joe Biden, who, among other things, told factory workers how they made weapons help Ukrainians, and also mentioned that new names have appeared in Ukraine to name both pets and children of both sexes – Javelin and Javelina.
We remind that the United States and its NATO partners have sent to Ukraine more than 5,500 missiles for the FGM-148 Javelin. That’s a lot, so stocks need to be replenished.
James Taiclet says that the increase in production will begin immediately, in addition, he believes that the demand for Javelin and other high-tech weapons will increase in the long run. It’s hard to disagree with him, the Kremlin’s next “play” seems to have worked.