WASHINGTON — The United States is experiencing supply problems in the production of MANPADS Stinger missiles. According to analysts the impact of the war in Ukraine is enormous, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. After Russia started the war in Ukraine, many countries around the world sent Stinger MANPADS missiles from their own inventory in Ukraine.
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In a statement from Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes, he noted that many parts are worn out because the U.S. military had not supplied Stinger missiles for more than 20 years. Hayes stressed that these parts must be replaced before Stingers can be sent to Ukraine.
While US defense companies are struggling with supply problems, they are worried about the consequences of systems such as Stinger MANPADS falling into unwanted hands in the coming years.
According to Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvidas Anusauskas, at least six targets were shot down with Stingers delivered only from Lithuania to Ukraine. The Lithuanian minister claims that helicopters, planes, UAVs, and cruise missiles are among the destroyed targets.
The United States has sent a total of 1,400 Stinger MANPADS to Ukraine since February. Now, however, it is entering a turbulent period in supply.
The Stinger production line was shut down in December 2020. Raytheon last signed a Stinger contract with a foreign country in July 2021. Currently, Raytheon’s only operating Stinger plant is located in Arizona, where production is also low.
According to Raytheon employees, it may take at least 6-12 months for the Stinger line to operate again. However, American companies in the defense industry are not very happy with the increase in arms production. Because it is not known who will be in the hands of these weapons in the future.
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