HIMARS rocket launching system [Photo: Lockheed Martin]
Many have credited Lockheed Martin’s HIMARS rocket launch system with helping Ukraine turn the tide in its war with Russia. Now, as Ukraine prepares for what could be an historic spring counter-offensive, the company’s Grand Prairie-based Missiles and Fire Control division is ramping up production from 48 units a year toward an expected 96.
That’s according to a Dallas Morning News report, which notes that Lockheed Martin “sees the potential for an additional $6 billion in revenue from Ukraine-related munitions sales over the next few years.”
The production boost of the HIMARS—formally known as the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System—will have its greatest impact on the system’s primary production facilities in Arkansas, the DMN notes, but will also affect the division’s 4,000 local employees in Grand Prairie.
“The broader demand signal does mean that there will be a robust and I think increasing job force in Grand Prairie and our other locations,” Tim Cahill, executive vice president of MFC, told the Morning News.
The HIMARS news follows a report last month on Fort Worth-based Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ new partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries and Red 6 Aerospace to deliver “advanced 21st-century security capabilities across a spectrum of training and combat aircraft.”
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