Special Report

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

21. E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
> Weapon type: Threat detection radar aircraft
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.35 billion (up 10.6% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy & Marine Corps (24.2% of FY 2023 joint Navy & Marine Corps weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Northrop Grumman

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20. NSSL & RSLP Launch Enterprise
> Weapon type: Launch services for satellite deployment
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.55 billion (down 9.4% from 2022)
> Service branch: Space Force (16.2% of FY 2023 Space Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman, Rocket Lab, VOX Space

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19. SATCOM Projects Satellite Communications
> Weapon type: Space based communication system
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.55 billion (up 58.6% from 2022)
> Service branch: Space Force (16.2% of FY 2023 Space Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics

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18. Aegis Sea-Based Weapons System
> Weapon type: Naval vessel based missile defense system
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.60 billion (down 4.3% from 2022)
> Service branch: Joint Service (4.8% of FY 2023 Joint Service weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin, Raytheon

17. Trident II Ballistic Missile Modifications
> Weapon type: Submarine-launched nuclear ballistic missile
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.68 billion (up 7.1% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy (5.2% of FY 2023 Navy weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Lockheed Martin

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