Special Report

31 Billion-Dollar Weapons the US Military Will Invest in Next Year

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26. C-130J Hercules
> Weapon type: Tactical transport airlift aircraft
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.14 billion (down 71.0% from 2022)
> Service branch: Joint Service (3.4% of FY 2023 Joint Service weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin

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25. MQ-25 Stingray
> Weapon type: Unmanned aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.15 billion (up 205.4% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy & Marine Corps (20.7% of joint FY 2023 Navy & Marine Corps weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Boeing, Lockheed Martin

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24. B-1, B-2, and B-52 Bombers
> Weapon type: Long-range conventional legacy bomber fleet
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.21 billion (up 22.3% from 2022)
> Service branch: Air Force (6.0% of FY 2023 Air Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Northrop Grumman, Boeing

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23. FFG(X) Constellation Class Guided Missile Frigate
> Weapon type: Guided missile frigate ship
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.28 billion (up 7.4% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy (4.0% of FY 2023 Navy weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Fincantieri Marinette Marine

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22. F-22 Raptor
> Weapon type: Fifth-generation fighter jet
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.32 billion (up 25.5% from 2022)
> Service branch: Air Force (6.6% of FY 2023 Air Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney

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