The U.S. Army has awarded a $311 million contract to Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin for more than 1,800 Javelin missiles.
The joint venture has already resulted in more than 50,000 Javelin missiles and more than 12,000 reusable Command Launch Units. The 1,800 as part of the new contract will replenish those sent to Ukraine.
“This award is a great example of our continued commitment to strengthening our domestic industrial base while supporting our allies and partners,” Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante said. “As we use various authorities to replenish our own stocks, industry can expect a strong, persistent demand signal.”
The missiles are being made at Lockheed Martin’s Pike County operations in Troy.
President Joe Biden visited Troy earlier this year to thank workers for their role in helping the U.S. help the Ukraine.
“Some of the best, most effective weapons in our arsenal are those Javelin missiles like the ones manufactured right here in Pike County,” Biden said during his visit. “I came for a basic reason from the bottom of my heart to say thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for what you do, thank you for what you continue to do. Unless you go out in the field and see it, you don’t realize what a difference you’re making.”