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MAJOR U.S. WEAPON SYSTEM PROGRAMMES

MAJOR U.S. WEAPON SYSTEM PROGRAMMES

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET REQUEST
APRIL 2013
11 Apr 13. Major Weapon Systems
• Aircraft
• Command, Control, Communications,
and Computer (C4) Systems
• Ground Programs
• Missile Defense
• Munitions and Missiles
• Shipbuilding and Maritime Systems
• Space Based and Related Systems
• Mission Support
• Science and Technology

FY 2014 Modernization – Base: $167.6 Billion

OVERVIEW

The combined capabilities and performance of U.S. weapons systems are
unmatched throughout the world, ensuring that U.S. military forces have the advantage over any adversary. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 acquisition funding request for the Department of Defense (DoD) totals $167.6 billion*, of which $99.3 billion is for Procurement-funded, and $67.6 billion is for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E)-funded programs. Of this amount, $69.4 billion is for programs that have been designated as Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP). This book focuses on the key MDAP programs. To simplify the display of the various weapon systems, this book is organized by the following mission area categories:

*Acquisition total includes National Defense Sealift Fund.

Mission Area Categories

Aircraft

Aviation forces — including fighter/attack, bomber, mobility (cargo/tanker), and specialized support aircraft, including unmanned aircraft systems (unmanned aerial vehicle) — provide a versatile strike force capable of rapid deployment worldwide. These forces can quickly gain and sustain air dominance over regional aggressors, permitting rapid attacks on enemy targets while providing security to exploit the air for logistics, command and control, intelligence, and other functions. Fighter/attack aircraft operate from both land bases and aircraft carriers to combat enemy fighters, and attack ground and ship targets. Bombers provide an intercontinental capability to rapidly strike surface targets. The specialized aircraft supporting conventional operations perform functions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; airborne warning and control; air battle management; suppression of enemy air defenses; and combat search and rescue. In addition to these forces, the U.S. military operates a variety of air mobility forces including cargo, aerial-refueling aircraft, helicopters, and support aircraft.

Aircraft funding decreased from $47.6 billion in the FY 2013 President’s Budget to $45.5 billion in the FY 2014 President’s Budget, reflecting the President’s new defense strategy.

FY 2014 Aircraft – Base: $45.5 Billion

MQ-1B Predator / MQ-1C Gray Eagle

FY 2014 Programs: For Predator, development and fielding of USAF and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) critical modifications to the airframe and ground station elements continues. For Gray Eagle, the Army continues development and integration of the Universal Ground Control Station, a Ground Based Sense-and-Avoid system, and a SIGINT capability; and procures 15 Gray Eagle aircraft and three modular platoon sets ofequipment.

Prime Contractor: General Atomics–Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, CA

MQ-9 Reaper

FY 2014 Program: Continues development, transformation and fielding of Reaper aircraft and ground stations to support the enduring requirement to field and sustain 65 Combat Air Patrols (CAP)/orbits. The FY 2014 request supports the procurement of 12 aircraft and 12 fixed ground control stations.

Prime Contractor: General Atomics–Aeronautical Systems Inc., San Diego, CA

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) RQ-4, Navy MQ-4C, and NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)

FY 2014 Programs: Funds USAF development efforts for the Block 40, ground station, and Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion programs; the U.S. contribution to the NATO AGS; and the Navy MQ-4C Triton Engineering and Manufacturing Development effort and advance procurement for thr

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