Foreign Weapons Get a Closer Look as the Pentagon Races to Rearm | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Foreign Weapons Get a Closer Look as the Pentagon Races to Rearm

Deep inside the Washington Convention Center, underneath the bright-white-and-red logo of one of America’s biggest defense firms, sat a green-hulled armored vehicle with a curiously angular gun housing — and an even more curious pitch for customers who generally buy American.

Raytheon has high hopes for the Lynx, a new fighting vehicle designed by Rheinmetall in Germany — and perhaps one day, manufactured in the United States. And as the Pentagon begins to prioritize speed of acquisition over its traditional protectionism, this maker of missiles, rocket interceptors, and cyber defenses is placing bets on foreign partners with state-of-the-art products.

“For us, this is sort of a change in speed and direction for Raytheon,” said Richard Harris, vice president of business development for the company’s Land Warfare Systems division.

The Massachusetts-based firm is not the only defense giant pivoting as the Pentagon signals an urgent desire for weapons that might face off against Russia and China. After nearly a generation spent focusing on counter-insurgency, many American defense firms are looking overseas for the latest and greatest in armored vehicles, anti-tank rockets, and other necessities of great-power conflict.

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So war is now good for other nations' economies!

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