Special Report

The Biggest Weapons R&D Investments by the US Military This Year

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8. Resilient Missile Warning-Missile Tracking programs
> Total approved funding: $788 million

The Resilient Missile Warning and Missile Tracking is a follow-on system that will be outfitted and updated on military satellites. As the name suggests, it will be used for surveilling missiles. Funds will go towards the development of the actual satellites and the ground system.

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7. Army Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon
> Total approved funding: $849 million

The Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon is still under development by the U.S. Army but could see service in the coming years. Funding for this project goes towards further development and ultimately outfitting naval vessels.

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6. Army Future Vertical Lift, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, and Future Long Range Assault Aircraft
> Total approved funding: $1.1 billion

As their names suggest, funding for these programs is meant for the further development and testing of the next generation of aircraft. The programs aim to develop different types of aircraft – helicopters, fighter jets, or stealth bombers.

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5. Navy Sea Launched Cruise Missile
> Total approved funding: $1.23 billion

This funding goes to develop the Navy Aegis Weapons System to deal with more threats, including cruise missiles and hypersonic missiles. The Navy already has many of these systems in place and under procurement, but these funds will specifically go to the testing and software development for the AWS.

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4. Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance Program
> Total approved funding: $1.7 billion

The Next Generation Air Dominance is an Air Force program currently in the sixth generation of development. The program aims to develop a family of systems that would surpass the current aircraft in service. Funding for projects under this umbrella go namely towards development of these new systems and then testing.

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