Procurement: November 1, 1999


: Assuming that the new $268 billion FY2000 defense budget survives a threatened veto, procurement will grow by 8.3%. (Admittedly, this is from a severely shrunken base due to the declines of the last decade.) Included are:
$3 billion for 15 C-17 Globemaster-III airlifters
$2.7 billion for 36 F-18E/F Super Hornet fighters
$856.3 million for 12 V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft
$202 million for 19 UH-60 BlackHawk helicopters
$33 million for Longbow radar upgrades for AH-64 Apache helicopters
$117 million to upgrade CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters
$40 million for Javelin medium-range anti-tank missiles
$837 million for the National Missile Defense System
$560 million for the Army Theater High Altitude Area Defense missile
$380 million for the Navy Theater Wide Defense missile
$13.6 billion for Air Force weapons research and testing
$9 billion for Navy weapons research and testing
$5.2 billion for Army weapons research and testing
$10 billion for other Pentagon weapons research and testing
$250 million for work on the Joint Strike Fighter
$275 million for five F-15s
$238 million for one E-8C radar plane
$113 million for Air Force and $55 million for Navy Joint Primary Aircraft
$88 million for one Air Force EC-130J
$77 million for one Navy KC-130J tanker
$58 million for three Air Force Predator unmanned recon drones
$50.8 million to upgrade the Army Patriot air defense missile system
$40 million to rebuild AV-8Bs for the Marines until the Joint Strike
Fighter is fielded
--Stephen V Cole


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