The U.S. According to a Pentagon official, the US is speeding up production of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, to assist Ukraine.
According to a news release from the Department of Defense (DoD), Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition William LaPlante made the remarks after visiting Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Arkansas that produce HIMARS and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS).
HIMARS, which was supplied by the United States, has been critical in defending Ukrainian forces against Russia’s invasion. According to a DoD release issued on Friday, Ukraine is “effectively employing” the lightweight mobile launchers and precision-strike munitions produced in the facilities.
“We are working with industry to accelerate production of critical weapons and systems as we continue to provide security assistance to Ukraine,” LaPlante said.
“This includes funding for additional equipment purchases, production line expansion, and additional hiring and workforce development.”
LaPlante also stated that the U.S. Officials “will continue to closely consult with Ukraine on capability needs–and as President Biden has stated, our goal is simple: the United States wants to see a democratic, independent, sovereign, and prosperous Ukraine with the capability to deter and defend itself against further aggression.”
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