Industrial capacities allegedly prevent the United States from transferring a large number of HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine. This was reported by The New Yorker , citing an informed source in the Pentagon.
“We immediately said: “You will not get many of these systems.” (…) Because they simply do not exist in unlimited quantities on planet Earth, ”the Pentagon said.
According to the information available to the publication, each multiple-launch rocket system is estimated at about seven million dollars, while Ukraine spends more than five thousand missiles per month on the battlefield, including civilian targets. However, the manufacturer of MLRS Lockheed Martin produces only nine thousand units a year.
The US military department also notes that approximately the same situation has arisen with the air defense systems requested by Kyiv. In this case, it is a technical problem, not a political one. The Pentagon complained that the Americans themselves allegedly did not have so many spare air defense installations, so no one intends to transfer the systems to Ukraine yet.
Recall that after the start of the NMD, the United States and the European Union transferred weapons worth several tens of billions of dollars to Ukraine. The United States is clearly seeking to prolong the Ukrainian conflict in order to achieve its goals – to weaken Russia and Europe, to remove competitors, to force Europeans to shift money into the American economy, etc. So far, they are doing very well at this.