President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request includes almost $686 billion to position the military for a more global fight, even as it replenishes aircraft and missiles that have worn out faster than planned due to counter terrorism operations.
The request would procure more fighters and ships, purchase tens of thousands of munitions to replenish stocks used in operations against the Islamic State, and infuse money into both the nuclear triad and missile defense.
Here are some highlights:
F-35 Joint Strike Fighters
The budget sets aside $10.7 billion to buy 77 of the fifth-generation fighters.
Airman 1st Class Eric Ruiz-Garcia performs an inspection on an F-35A Lightning II at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Dec. 1, 2017. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are planning on buying 2,456 total F-35s. (Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel/Air Force)
Joint Direct Attack Munitions
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The budget request asks for $1.2 billion to procure 43,594 JDAMs.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Terasas loads a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The military is planning to order 43,594 JDAMs in the 2019 budget to replenish stores depleted by the air campaign against the Islamic State. (Airman 1st Class Frankie D. Moore/Air Force)
Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
DoD wants to buy 5,113 JLTVs, estimated to cost $2 billion.
The military is purchasing 5,113 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, such as Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicle it displayed at AUSA 2017 with an Avenger air defense launcher on the back. (Photo courtesy of Oshkosh)
About $3 billion would be used on 15 of the new tankers, meant to replace the aging KC-135 Stratotanker.
The KC-46 refueling tanker was just deemed safe by the Federal Aviation Administration; the Air Force plans on buying 179 tankers.(Courtesy photo)
DoD wants to buy 24 F/A-18s, estimated to cost $2 billion.
A Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 “Sunliners” F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).The Pentagon has requested 24 Super Hornets in FY19 to make up for delays in the F-35 Navy variant's arrival in the fleet. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr./Navy)
VH-92 Presidential Helicopters
The budget request includes $900 million to buy six new presidential helicopters.
The Pentagon has requested funding in FY19 for six replacement presidential helicopters.
Virginia Class submarines
The Navy wants two of these submarines, which will cost $7.4 billion.
180126-N-KV911-0035 PEARL HARBOR (Jan. 26, 2018) Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing a change of homeport from Groton, Connecticut, Jan. 26. The Pentagon has requested funding for two more Virginia-Class subs in the FY19 budget.
DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers
The request includes $6 billion for three of these destroyers.
Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble conduct an operational tomahawk missile launch while underway in a training area off the coast of California. The Pentagon has requested $6 billion for three additional ships.
B-21 Raider Long Range Strike Bomber
About $2.3 billion is set aside for the long-awaited B-21, which would be part of the nuclear triad.
The Air Force requested $2.3 billion in the fiscal year 2019 budget to continue development of the B-21 Raider, which is being built by Northrop Grumman. The bomber was named after the Doolittle Raiders, known for their surprise attack against Japan during World War II on April 18, 1942.
In addition to the weapons systems above, other highlighted requests include:
60 AH-64E attack helicopters, worth $1.3 billion.
10 P-8A aircraft at $2.2 billion.
8 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters worth $1.6 billion.
1 Littoral Combat Ship worth $1.3 billion.
Continued development funding for the CVN-78 Class Aircraft Carrier, worth $1.8 billion.
2 Fleet Replenishment Oilers (T-AO) priced at $1.1 billion.
1 Expeditionary Sea Base for $700 million.
5,113 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for $2.0 billion.
M-1 Abrams tank modifications costing $2.7 billion.
30 Amphibious Combat Vehicles for $300 million.
197 Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles for $800 million.
Columbia Class Submarine worth $3.7 billion.
Long-Range Stand-Off Missile for $600 million.
Ground Based Strategic Deterrent for $300 million.