Imagine what happens if the U.S. gets in a full-blown war in Ukraine. From RT at azerbaycan24.com:
An American M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) firing during the joint exercises in Capas, Philippines, October 13, 2022 © AFP / Jam Sta Rosa
A shortage of rocket motors is interrupting the supply of missiles to Kiev An American M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) firing during the joint exercises in Capas, Philippines, October 13, 2022 © AFP / Jam Sta Rosa
American arms manufacturers are struggling to obtain enough rocket motors to build missiles for Ukrainian forces, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. With multiple contractors relying on a single supplier, production targets have already been pushed back.
In a quarterly earnings report released on Tuesday, Lockheed Martin said that although its overall sales rose from a year earlier, sales of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) fell due to a “lower volume” leaving its factories.
GMLRS projectiles are artillery rockets, and are fired from Lockheed Martin’s M142 HIMARS platform. According to the most recent Pentagon figures, the US has given Ukraine 38 HIMARS platforms, and while the Defense Department does not disclose how many GMLRS projectiles have been sent to Kiev, a Reuters investigation put the figure at over 5,000 last November, more than the 4,600 Lockheed Martin can make in a year.