The US military has announced plans to phase out reliance on suppliers that provide components for its military-specific munitions, according to a report by the Washington Post.
“In 2016, we were a net importer of munitions,” Col. Robert Luttrell, the commandant of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told the newspaper.
“We’re a net exporter of weapons.
So in the last three years we have been able to reduce that net imputation.”
Luttreed said the U,S.
military is moving toward a “manufacturing-based approach to logistics” and has eliminated its reliance in parts for military-issued weaponry.
The decision, announced Tuesday, was the result of an internal Pentagon study, which found the use of foreign-made parts has become more expensive for the military and a potential drain on the military’s purchasing power.
In addition, the military has also found that using foreign-produced parts for parts it buys for its own weapons has cost the US. more money, according the report.
The U.K.-based arms supplier Pratt & Whitney, which makes the Predator drone, had been using its own components for several years and had a “preliminary agreement” to purchase a full range of munitions from the U-23 joint strike fighter and the Predator, the Post reported.
Pratt & Whitys chief executive, Mike Taylor, told reporters that the UAW, the company’s union, was “not supportive” of the decision, which would affect about 10,000 U. S. soldiers.
“The union is deeply disappointed in the decision to terminate Pratt & Whys relationship with the United States Army,” he said.
The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment.
The report came on the heels of a Pentagon audit released last month that found Pratt & whys costs had doubled over the past five years to more than $30 million per contract.