WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – June 01, 2022) The Biden administration is moving as quickly as possible to replenish stockpiles of Javelin anti-tank missiles while seeking to meet more demands from Ukraine, Army Secretary Christine said. said Wormuth.
“Ammunition is going to be very important going forward,” Wormuth said during an Atlantic Council podcast on Tuesday. “We are replenishing our stocks of javelins and darts. … We will continue to provide whatever assistance we can to the Ukrainians without making the situation worse.”
On May 27, the Department of Defense said the US government had awarded Raytheon an order worth more than $624.6 million for Stinger air defense systems with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2026.
US media earlier reported that the Department of Defense was to order an additional 1,468 Stinger missiles, but the estimated delivery could take up to 30 months.
Raytheon said it would not be able to ramp up production to meet Javelin and Stinger requirements until at least 2023-24.
Wormuth told Congress that there was an obsolete part needed to build Stingers and that the US government would have to develop a workaround or next-generation design.
The Biden administration has already supplied Ukraine with 1,400 Stinger missiles as well as 5,500 Javelin missiles since the start of the Russian special military operation on February 24. However, this is well below what Ukraine has claimed to need. In March, kyiv requested 500 Javelins and 500 Stingers per day, although US officials said the Defense Ministry believed Ukraine was inflating its requirements.