Citing lessons drawn from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, The Pentagon seeks to beef up the US military forces arsenal from cutting-edge munitions to powerful, long-range missiles.

Procurement plans include doubling the production of Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), the two most in-demand weapons of the armed forces.

Long-range weapons have grown remarkably in recent years and have become a must-have on the battlefield. Furthermore, war simulations have shown how strategically significant these missiles are, particularly in the event of a Chinese invasion of the Taiwan Strait.

Given its substantial contribution, wargames also noted how these potent and highly capable ammunitions would be among the first to run out of stock. As a result, the Pentagon has urged expanding the production line.

In an unclassified document, Naval News reported that US Navy aims to ramp up procurement of strike weapons—specifically LRASM and JASSM missiles, from 500 to a thousand. A Lockheed Martin executive has also confirmed this, saying:

“Over the course of the multi-year we will double production from where we are today, which is a little over 500 combined LRASM and JASSM, to well over a thousand combined LRASM and JASSM,” said Dominic DeScisciolo, the LRASM Business Development Lead at Lockheed Martin.

On top of that, the service is considering increasing the yearly acquisition of Tomahawk cruise missiles by sixfold.

Keeping Up with Demand

Lockheed has opened a second production line to meet the increasing demand for the LRASM anti-ship cruise missiles and the JASSM-ER (Extended Range) air-to-surface variant.