The Pentagon has mentioned a $200 million plan to develop and speed up manufacturing of Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Methods, or HIMARS, is in movement.
Underneath Secretary of Protection for Acquisition William LaPlante spoke in regards to the plan after a go to to Lockheed Martin services in Camden, Arkansas that produce HIMARS and Guided A number of Launch Rocket Methods (GMLRS), in response to a information launch from the Division of Protection (DoD).
Ukraine is “successfully using” the light-weight cellular launchers and precision-strike munitions produced within the services, it mentioned.
“As we proceed offering safety help to Ukraine, we’re working with business to speed up manufacturing of important weapons and methods,” LaPlante mentioned.
“This consists of offering funding to purchase extra tools, develop manufacturing strains, and assist extra hiring and workforce improvement.”
LaPlante mentioned nearly $400 million has been obtained “to replenish HIMARS and GMLRS in DOD shares.”
He added: “As well as, we’re planning almost $200 million to develop and speed up manufacturing and are anticipating contract awards this fall and early subsequent yr.”
Ukrainian officers say they’ve been utilizing U.S.-supplied HIMARS to hold out profitable strikes.
These strikes have taken out bridges within the Kherson area and will pave the best way for a counteroffensive to liberate the area from Russian forces, they mentioned on Monday.
In its replace on Monday, the U.Okay Ministry of Protection mentioned “Ukrainian long-range precision strikes proceed to disrupt Russian resupply” within the area.
LaPlante’s go to got here after President Joe Biden introduced nearly $3 billion in new army help to Ukraine on August 24, six months after Russia’s invasion of the nation.
In an announcement, Biden mentioned the help would enable Ukraine to amass air protection methods, artillery methods and munitions, drones and different tools “to make sure it may possibly proceed to defend itself over the long run.”
The newest army help package deal will embrace an unspecified variety of anti-drone methods known as Automobile-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Tools, or VAMPIRE, Newsweek beforehand reported.
“The US of America is dedicated to supporting the folks of Ukraine as they proceed the combat to defend their sovereignty,” the president added.
LaPlante mentioned U.S. officers “will proceed to intently seek the advice of with Ukraine on functionality wants—and as President Biden has mentioned, our objective is simple: The US desires to see a democratic, unbiased, sovereign and affluent Ukraine with the means to discourage and defend itself in opposition to additional aggression.
“In all of those efforts, I hope it’s clear there’s, and can proceed to be, a powerful demand sign for all of our companions in business.”