Special Report

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

16. LPD San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock
> Weapon type: Personnel and aircraft transport and docking ship
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.77 billion (up 314.7% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy (5.5% of FY 2023 Navy weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Huntington Ingalls Industries

Source: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

15. GPS III Global Positioning System Enterprise
> Weapon type: Space based, 3-dimensional GPS
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $1.84 billion (down 9.5% from 2022)
> Service branch: Space Force (19.2% of FY 2023 Space Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, L3Harris

Source: Public Domain / U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton

14. CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement Helicopter
> Weapon type: High-altitude, heavy lift helicopter
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $2.29 billion (up 12.4% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy & Marine Corps (41.1% of joint FY 2023 Navy & Marine Corps weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Sikorsky, General Electric

Source: Courtesy of Boeing

13. Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD)
> Weapon type: Missile defense system
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $2.60 billion (up 55.5% from 2022)
> Service branch: Joint Service (7.7% of FY 2023 Joint Service weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin

Source: courtesy of Boeing Co.

12. KC-46A Tanker
> Weapon type: Aerial refueling aircraft
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $2.88 billion (up 22.3% from 2022)
> Service branch: Air Force (14.3% of FY 2023 Air Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Boeing

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