May 28, 2022 - World

U.S. awards $624 million contract to replenish Stinger missile stock

A U.S. Army staff sergeant handling a Stinger missile system in Washington, D.C., in 2005.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant handles a Stinger missile system in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Technologies a $624 million contract to produce 1,300 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to replenish its stock after sending around 1,400 of the missile systems to Ukraine in response to Russia's unprovoked invasion.

Why it matters: U.S. lawmakers voiced concerns in April that the diversion of Stinger and Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine could leave the U.S. militarily vulnerable and called on President Biden to replenish supplies.

  • U.S. allies, such as Germany, also sent Stinger systems to Ukraine to help thwart Russian air assaults throughout the invasion.

The big picture: Raytheon said in a release Friday that the contract is being funded through the $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package that Congress passed for Ukraine this month.

  • Greg Hayes, chief executive of Raytheon, said during an earnings call in April that increasing the production of these missiles "is going to take us a little bit of time."
  • The company said Friday that the contract includes "provisions for engineering support, as well as the test equipment and support needed to address obsolescence, modernize key components and accelerate production."

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