Biden to visit Lockheed plant producing weapons provided to Ukraine - White House

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WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will travel to Alabama on Tuesday to visit a Lockheed Martin Corp facility that is manufacturing weapons being provided to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, the White House said on Wednesday.

Washington says it has pledged around $3.7 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24. Together with its European allies, Washington has provided Ukraine with drones, Howitzer heavy artillery, anti-aircraft Stinger and Javelin missiles.

Lockheed Martin, the No. 1 U.S. weapons maker, said the Ukraine war has boosted demand for missile defense systems. The company developed and produces the Javelin anti-tank missiles together with U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Technologies.

In a statement announcing Biden's May 3 visit to the Lockheed facility in Alabama, the White House said Ukraine was using weapons manufactured there "effectively to defend against the Russian invasion."

(Reporting by Rami Ayyub Editing by Bill Berkrot)