US Defense Budget: Aviation spending chart and 2 big surprises

[UPDATE: I didn't get into journalism for the math. Updated chart corrects combined fighter purchases from 51 to 61.]

DOD plans to spend $23.5 billion to buy about 533 aircraft, excluding the 1,221 RQ-11 Raven micro-UAVs. For the first time I know, the budgets for C2/ISR and UAV platforms exceed the total airlift budget, thanks to the cancellation of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

I’ve seen two major budget surprises so far:

1. The MQ-12 Liberty program has shifted from the US Air Force to the US Army. This may be a trade-off for shifting Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) from the army to the USAF.

2. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates apparently made an $800 million blooper on 6 April. At that time, Gates said the FY10 budget request for F-35 would total $11.2 billion for 30 aircraft. However, this budget request includes only $10.4 billion, and the aircraft number remains stable at 30. There appears to be no material changes in the budget from 6 April to today.


US DOD FY10 AVIATION BUDGET REQUEST    
 
FIGHTERS QUANTITY BUDGET
EA-18G Growler 22 $1.6 billion
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet 9 $1 billion
F-35 Lightning II 30 $6.8 billion
Subtotals 61 $9.4 billion
 
ROTORCRAFT    
UH-72 Lakota 54 $326 million
AH-64 Block III 8 $219.2 million
UH-60 Black Hawk 83 $1.5 billion
CH-47 Chinook 39 $1.1 billion
MH-60S Sierra 18 $492.9 million
MH-60R Romeo 24 $943.2 million
V-22 Osprey 35 $2.8 billion
UH-1Y/AH-1Z 30 $835.4 million
Subtotals 291 $7.3 billion
 
C2/ISR    
P-8A Poseidon 6 $1.8 billion
E-2D Advanced Hawkeye 2 $606.2 million
MC-12 Liberty 6 $105 million
Subtotals 14 $2.5 billion
 
UAVs    
MQ-1C Sky Warrior 36 $651 million
RQ-11 Heron Raven

1221 $135 million
“STUAS LO” 18 $24.2 million
RQ-7 Shadow 11 $57.8 million
MQ-8 Fire Scout 5 $77.6 million
MQ-9 Reaper 24 $489.5 million
RQ-4B Global Hawk 5 $667.8 million
Subtotals 1,320 $2.1 billion
 
AIRLIFT    
C-40A Clipper 1 $74.4 million
C-130J Hercules 12 $1.41 billion
C-27J 8 $319.1 million
Subtotals 21 $1.8 billion
 
TRAINERS    
T-6A Texan II 38 $266.5 million
 
MISC    
“Non standard aviation” 9 $227.6 million
Totals 1,754 $23.6 billion
(excluding RQ-11) 533 $23.5 billion

Source: DOD budget materials

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2 Responses to US Defense Budget: Aviation spending chart and 2 big surprises

  1. cod 7 May, 2009 at 11:39 pm #

    Any idea what “STUAS LO” is?

    Also shouldn’t that be RQ-11 Raven.

  2. airplanejim 8 May, 2009 at 3:26 am #

    Is it just me or does buying 30 F-35′s, for $6B.8 with the problems they are having and the cost that is increasing faster than the GAO can count seem to be more than a little outragous? Obviously DOD hasn’t learned from past experience.

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