Special Report

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

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11. CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford Class Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
> Weapon type: Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ship
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $3.23 billion (up 13.2% from 2022)
> Service branch: Navy (10.1% of FY 2023 Navy weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Huntington Ingalls Industries

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10. Cyberspace Activities
> Weapon type: Program to improve cyber-security and operations
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $3.35 billion (up 5.7% from 2022)
> Service branch: Joint Service (10.0% of FY 2023 Joint Service weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Various

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9. F-15 Eagle
> Weapon type: Fourth-generation fighter jet
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $3.51 billion (up 71.8% from 2022)
> Service branch: Air Force (17.4% of FY 2023 Air Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Boeing

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8. Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD)
> Weapon type: Nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $3.62 billion (up 41.1% from 2022)
> Service branch: Air Force (18.0% of FY 2023 Air Force weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Northrop Grumman Corporation

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7. Ammunition
> Weapon type: Ammunition for small arms, artillery, etc.
> Planned fiscal 2023 investment: $4.60 billion (up 21.3% from 2022)
> Service branch: Joint Service (13.7% of FY 2023 Joint Service weapons spending)
> Primary contractor(s): Various

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