Despite the overall stabilization of pandemic-hit supply chains, Leonardo DRS, a top mid-tier Pentagon supplier, is still struggling with prolonged lead times for specific materials and parts required to manufacture weapons. Bill Lynn, CEO of Leonardo DRS, indicated in a recent interview that the lead times haven’t shortened, and the company competes for supplies with the automotive and consumer electronics sectors.
- CEO Bill Lynn noted that while the supply chain has stabilized, improvements are needed, particularly in reducing lead times. He expects conditions to gradually improve from next year.
- Leonardo DRS, a provider of parts and electronic systems for military submarines, aircraft, and satellites, is responding to these challenges by placing orders earlier and stockpiling for future projects.
- The company, a subsidiary of Italian aerospace and defense firm Leonardo, has been growing in recent years and went public last year via a reverse merger with Israeli defense firm RADA.
- Leonardo DRS sees potential growth in its role as a supplier to the Virginia-class submarine. The US Navy plans to ramp up production significantly in the coming years, requiring increased investment and collaboration with the Navy and the shipyards.
- Beyond naval endeavors, Leonardo DRS is developing counter-drone technology for the Army’s Stryker vehicles and is exploring opportunities to expand its role in the space sector, including satellite imaging technology.