War in Ukraine drained 13 years of Stinger production and 5 years of Javelin production (Raytheon)
Published on 5.12.2022
Sputnik reports that the United States has exhausted its stocks of man-portable Stinger and Javelin air defense systems, the equivalent of several years of production, due to arms deliveries to Ukraine. This information was reported by the National Review, referring to the CEO of Raytheon, an American corporation in the defense sector.
“We have drained 13 years of Stinger production and five years of Javelin production,” detailed Greg Hayes.
Although the company produces 400 Javelins a month with US-based Lockheed Martin as its manufacturing partner, the issue of resupply is very acute, Hayes said, noting that the Pentagon has not purchased man-portable air defense systems since. 2004.
According to the media, in May, Washington had sent 5,500 Javelins and 1,400 Stingers to Ukraine. That same month, Raytheon won a $624 million contract with the military to replenish stocks of American Stingers.
Responding to this trend, the Pentagon has awarded new contracts worth six billion dollars to the defense industry to replenish American arms stocks, as the Secretary of State explained for her part. the Army, Christine Wormuth, quoted by the source.
According to the National Review, American attempts to rectify the situation remain a dead letter because the victory of the Republicans in the House of Representatives could tighten the screws on aid allocated to kyiv.
Prolongation of the conflict
In the context of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the United States and its NATO allies are supporting kyiv by supplying it with weapons worth several tens of billions of dollars.
In total, the Alliance’s joint military spending increased by $350 billion compared to 2014, noted its secretary general.
Moscow, for its part, has repeatedly stated that Western arms supplies only prolong the conflict.
In addition, the Russian Foreign Minister had warned that any shipment of arms for the Ukrainian armed forces would be a legitimate target.