WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is looking at a Boeing proposal to Kyiv can supply Ukraine with small, inexpensive precision bombs that are attached to readily available rockets. to strike As the West struggles, it is far behind Russian lines to Meet the increasing demand for arms
The US and its allies have a shrinking military inventory, and Ukraine is in greater need of more advanced weapons as the war drags along. The proposed system by Boeing, the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is currently in development.GLSDBIndustry sources claimed that this is just one of a dozen plans to produce new munitions for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies.
GLSDB could arrive as early as spring 2023 according to reports to A document that was reviewed by Reuters, three people who are familiar with the plan and Reuters. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, (SDB), with the M26 Rocket Motor. Both of these are commonly found in US inventories.
Doug Bush, chief weapons buyer of the US Army, stated last week to reporters at the Pentagon that the Army was also interested in accelerating production at 155 millimeter artillery guns – currently made only at government facilities. This could be done by allowing defense contractors. to These should be built.
Invasion of Ukraine prompted increased demand for American-made ammunition and weapons, while US allies in Eastern Europe were also affected. “putting a lot of orders,” Bush said that they would supply Ukraine with a variety of arms.
“It’s about getting quantity at a cheap cost,” Tom Karako is a Center for Strategic and International Studies weapons and security expert. According to him, falling US inventories are a key reason for the rush. to Get more arms, stockpiles say. “getting low relative to the levels we like to keep on hand and certainly to the levels we’re going to need to deter a China conflict.”
Karako also pointed out that many bombs dropped by the US after their withdrawal from Afghanistan were still available. These bombs cannot be used with Ukrainian aircraft. “in today’s context we should be looking for innovative ways to convert them to standoff capability.”
Although GLSDB units are being manufactured, there are still logistical challenges. to Official procurement. The Boeing plan calls for a price discovery waiver. This exempts the contractor from an in-depth evaluation that ensures that the Pentagon gets the best deal. An agreement would also require at minimum six suppliers to We expedite the shipment of parts and services to Make sure to get the weapon quickly.
A Boeing spokesperson declined to comment. Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Tim Gorman declined to Comment on providing any “specific capability” to Ukraine, however, the US and its allies stated otherwise “identify and consider the most appropriate systems” This would be great for Kyiv.
The United States has not responded to requests for the 185-mile (297km), range ATACMS missile. However, the GLSDB’s 94 mile (150km) range would permit Ukraine. to Hit valuable military targets that were out of reach, and help it press its counterattacks by disrupting Russian back areas.
GLSDB was jointly created by SAAB AB & Boeing Co. This is well before Russia’s invasion. “special operation”. Micael Johansson, chief executive of SAAB, spoke out about the GLSDB in October. “We are imminently shortly expecting contracts on that.”
According to The document – A Boeing proposal to US European Command, which oversees the weapons headed by its soldiers, is called EUCOM. to Ukraine – The main components of GLSDB would be sourced from the current US stores.
The M26 rocket motors are relatively common and the GBU39 cost about $40,000 per piece. This makes the GLSDB affordable and readily available for its main components. Despite the fact that arms manufacturers are having trouble meeting demand, these factors make it possible. to Even though the rate of production is slow, weapons could be ready by early 2023.
GLSDB can be used against armored cars and is GPS-guided. to SAAB’s website. The GBU-39, which would serve as the GLSDB warhead, has small folding wings that enable it to be folded. to Drop from an airplane and you can glide over 100km. Targets as small as 3 inches in diameter will also work.
Motivation for the industry
Lockheed Martin is increasing production at a rural Arkansas plant. to Meet the rising demand for mobile rocket launchers HIMARSThey have been successful in striking Russian supply lines and command posts, as well as individual tanks. The No. The No. to double production to Each year, 96 launchers are used.
Lockheed Martin has more than 15 job openings in this industry to The production of HIMARS includes purchasing analysts and supply chain quality engineers. to You can visit its website.
“We’ve made investments in terms of infrastructure in the factory where we build HIMARS,” Becky Withrow is a Lockheed Martin sales leader for the missile unit.
Despite increased demand, Lockheed Martin’s chief financial officer stated to Reuters in July that he didn’t expect significant Ukraine-induced revenues until 2024 or beyond. Raytheon Corp’s Chief Financial Officer, another US defense contractor, also echoed this timeline in an interview with Reuters.
Guided Multiple Rocket Launch System missiles (GMLRS) are launched by HIMARS. They are GPS-guided rounds equipped with warheads weighing in at 200 pounds (90kg). Lockheed Martin produces approximately 4,600 missiles annually; more than 5,000 have been dispatched. to Ukraine, so far to A Reuters analysis. The US has not revealed how many GMLRS rounds it has supplied to Ukraine.
It is not new to repurpose weapons for military use. NASAMS anti-aircraft systems, which were developed by Raytheon and Aerospace and Kongsberg Defence, use AIM-120 missiles. to Be fired at another aircraft by fighter jets. Another weaponThe Joint-Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a common unguided bomb, and it has been fitted with fins as well as a GPS guidance system.