US "Running Low" On Javelin Missile Stockpiles After Supplying Ukraine, Warns Congressman
The Biden administration has transferred 5,000 Javelin, or Advanced Anti-Tank Weapon System-Medium, missiles to Ukraine to repel the Russian invasion. Such a large transfer has alarmed politicians Stateside, who warns the US is running low on weapons stockpiling.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, told Fox News the US is dangerously depleting Javelin missiles stockpiles when more hotspots could erupt across the world.
What's bad is the president himself seems at times to constantly want to remind everybody what we won't do and putting arbitrary limits on our assistance, I think, undermines our effort. But, the real ugly is that we are running low in terms of our stockpiles.
We just burned through seven years of Javelins and that's not only important as we continue to try and help the Ukrainians win in Ukraine, that's important as we try to simultaneously defend Taiwan from aggression from the Chinese Communist Party. They are going to need access to some of these same weapons systems, and we simply don't have the stockpiles at present in order to backfill what we've spent in Ukraine.
Last Tuesday, President Biden visited the Lockheed Martin plant in Troy, Alabama, where the defense company assembles Javelins. Lockheed is expanding its workforce amid the tightest labor market in decades to build more missiles. The defense contractor is expected to ramp up weapon production in the near term.
On Sunday, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation Jim Taiclet told Face the Nation that Javelin production would double from "2,100 missiles per year" to "4,000 per year," adding that production "will take a number of months, maybe even a couple of years to get there because we have to get our supply chain to also crank up."