21:22 GMT16 January 2021
Listen Live
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    0 311
    Subscribe

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US defence contractor Lockheed Martin won more than $400 million to deliver parts and equipment for intermediate-range missile tests, the Pentagon said in a press release.

    The contract award comes less than a week after the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, effectively killing the pact that had underwritten 32 years of strategic stability and peace in Europe.

    "Lockheed Martin Space, Littleton, Colorado, is awarded a maximum amount $405,770,000… contract for the design, development, build and integration of large diameter rocket motors, associated missile body flight articles, and related support equipment for Army Intermediate Range Conventional Prompt Strike Weapon System flight test demonstrations," the release said on Tuesday.

    Russian and Chinese leaders have pointed out that Washington’s decision to withdraw from the INF allows the US government to develop a new generation of mobile intermediate-range nuclear and conventional missiles to replace the Pershing IIs that were scrapped under the treaty. Such missiles could be deployed to threaten both Russia and China.

    Related:

    INF Exit Weakens US Credibility, Sets National Security Back - Congressman Castro
    ‘Omnicidal Weapons’: End of INF Treaty Creates Slippery Slope to Nuclear Winter
    EU States Likely to Resist Renewed US Nuclear Buildup in Post-INF World - Analysts
    Tags:
    Pentagon, missiles, INF, Lockheed Martin
    Community standardsDiscussion