Why America Is Ramping up Its Production of Patriot Missiles
What does this mean?
Key point: In 2018, orders for the PAC-3 increased and so production was raised.
The U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin is preparing to massively increase production of its most advanced Patriot missile defense system.
On July 11, Defense News reported that Lockheed is planning to double production of its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) to meet current orders and future needs for the U.S. Army and U.S. allies.
The new production goes beyond what countries have already ordered. Lockheed intends “not just [to] account for full-rate production of the missile,” Defense News reports, “but to increase the stockpile on hand as operations overseas continue to eat up the inventory.”
The new production targets will be about five hundred missiles per year, which might require opening a new production line.
To meet the incoming deluge of orders of the PAC-3 MSE, Bob Delgado, director of international business development for integrated air and missile defense at Lockheed Martin, told Defense News that the company is no longer selling any more of the original PAC-3s, but it will produce additional ones for an existing customer.
Lockheed has every reason to think there will be more orders for the MSE pouring in, given the emerging missile threats around the world. Moreover, the company has already received some sizeable orders for the PAC-3 MSE, especially from America’s European partners. Poland leads the way in this regard with plans to purchase 208 Pac-3 MSEs. It is followed by Sweden, which is buying 200 MSEs, and Romania’s order of 168 missiles.
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