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Ukraine war spurs arms makers to boost production

By Benjamin Katz and Doug Cameron

24 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Arms makers across Europe are cranking up production to meet a sharp increase in demand. Some are struggling to adapt, not least because of supply-chain shortages. The Wall Street Journal reports.

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The world’s biggest arms makers are scaling up production of rocket launchers, tanks and ammunition as the industry shifts to meet what executives expect to be sustained demand triggered by the war in Ukraine.

The ramp-up is playing out in large measure in Europe, where a handful of long-established arms makers have grown accustomed to more modest, peacetime demand for their wares and are now trying to increase capacity to meet an expected crush of orders. Shares of many of these lesser-known international arms players, including Germany’s Rheinmetall AG and Sweden’s Saab AB, have soared on hopes of big orders.

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