At the weekend we wrotethat the US Department of Defense will ask Congress for $4.311 billion to buy missiles in fiscal year 2024. Today, more detailed information has emerged, according to which the Pentagon wants to spend almost twice as much.
What is known
The US Department of Defense hopes to raise over $8 billion for fiscal year 2024 to acquire missiles. Moreover, for some positions, the amount will approximately double compared to the 2023 fiscal year.
In particular, the Pentagon wants to spend $1.8 billion versus $902 million to purchase 550 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B JASSM-ER air-to-air missiles. They can hit targets at a distance of up to 925 km. Also, the budget for the purchase of 125 RIM-174 missiles for the US Navy ($1.6 billion versus $799 million) and 118 AGM-158C LRASM missiles ($1 billion versus $550 million) may also approximately double.
See other offers below. The amount in brackets is the amount that was approved by the US Congress for fiscal year 2023.
- $161 million for 48 JSM missiles (first purchase);
- $1.2 billion for 830 AIM-12 AMRAAM missiles ($740 million);
- $386 million for 1,165 AGM-179 JAGM missiles ($297 million);
- $447 million for 1,170 SDB II bombs ($555 million);
- $1 billion for 5064 5064 GMLRS high-precision projectiles ($1.3 billion);
- $934 million for 34 Tomahawk missiles ($905 million);
- $206 million for 3,236 JDAM smart bombs ($328 million);
- $30 million for 40 Hellfire missiles ($116 million).
Source: Defense News