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Unread post12 Feb 2018, 21:13

The process baffles me so I'm not pretending to understand & yet the wishful thinking will probably be cut short by CRs.
Ship and Aircraft Procurement See Bumps in FY2019 in $194.1B DoN Budget
12 Feb 2018 Sam LaGrone

"...The combat aircraft include nine carrier-variant Lockheed Martin F-35C Lighting [CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT & I'M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO 'BLINDED BY THE LIGHT'!] II Joint Strike Fighters, 20 Marine Corps-variant F-35Bs, 24 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters...

...According to out-year projections within the budget request, the Navy won’t buy its first four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial vehicles until FY 2023...."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2018/02/12/ship-a ... don-budget

Pentagon unveils $686 billion military budget for FY19
12 Feb 2018 Joe Gould and Tara Copp

"...Aircraft

• 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters: $10.7 billion

• 24 F/A-18s: $2 billion..."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-ne ... -for-2019/

DoD R&D Soars 24%, Procurement Up 15%; Army Up Most
12 Feb 2018 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

"...Broken out by services, the Army (14.9 percent) and Air Force (14.1 percent) got the largest increases, while the Navy Department — which includes the Marine Corps — lags slightly (at a still respectable 12.1 percent)....

...◾ As for aircraft, the number of tri-service F-35 Joint Strike Fighters bought goes from 70 in the 2018 request to 77, a 10 percent increase in numbers — but since the price keeps coming down, the funding allocated remains the same at $10.7 billion. That’s also. decline from what the Obama administration had proposed for this year — 80 F-35s. There’s a bigger relative increase in the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter, from 14 planes for $1.3 billion last year to 24 planes for $2 billion this year...."

Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/02/dod-r-army-up-most/

US Navy wants more sailors, jets and an extra ship in 2019
12 Feb 2018 David B. Larter

"...For aircraft, the Navy is asking for $19 billion, a figure which includes 24 F/A-18 Super Hornets in 2019 and has another 86 planned for the FYDP.

The Navy is planning to buy nine F-35Cs and the Marine Corps plans to pick up another 20 of the vertical-launch F-35Bs [WUT!? STOVL PuhLeez] in 2019. The Navy’s buying strategy for the F-35C picks up in 2020 with 16 slated for purchase and then 24 every year from 2021 through 2023 for a total of 97 in the FYDP. [geez some reporters are fwits]

Procurement of the MQ-25 Stingray, an aerial unmanned tanker currently in development, is slated to begin in 2023, the last year of the FYDP...."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/smr/federal ... p-in-2019/

US Air Force requests $156.3 billion in FY19, plans to retire B-1, B-2 fleets
12 Feb 2018 Aaron Mehta

"...In FY19, the Air Force is requesting 48 F-35A fighter jets...

...Overall, the budget request calls for buying 258 F-35A fighters through the next five years..."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/smr/federal ... -2-fleets/
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Unread post12 Feb 2018, 21:43

The total figure of $686 billion in Trump's 2019 budget appears lower than the 2019 cap of $716 billion in the two-year budget agreement Trump signed into law last Thursday. Trump's 2019 budget also contains $15.1 billion for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, which designs and maintains nuclear warheads. Even if the $716 billion cap in the agreement signed into law contains the budget for the NNSA, there is still around $15 billion for Congress to add in extras without taking away the baseline requests from the Trump administration.

https://www.defensenews.com/smr/federal ... re-review/
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Unread post12 Feb 2018, 23:12

For non-'merican furinners, Trying to understand the US budget process.

They just broke the BCA logjam. So the good news, is that the budgets passed will get funded, and equipment expected will be bought, for a change. (2018 and 19). Troops will get badly needed spares, and resources for training.

The bad news? My great grandson will have to sell his Tonka Truck, Hot wheels, and then eat straw when he's my age to pay for everything flooding through the break in the logjam.

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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 06:06

Salute!

Not so sure bout future debts and bills that our grandkids have to pay, Blind. Seems we have been pulling off that scam since you and I were born. Think SS and , later, Medicare. No lock box and $$$ go into the general fund. The social "helping hand" programs comprise the majority or the U.S. budget.

I question the low USN acquisition numbers, as they seem low and the jet seems ready to go into mass production. USN must want $$$ or something else while the Super Bug is still around.

The production numbers still amuse me, but I guess they are low due to the three versions. By the winter of 1979 GD was cranking out so many Vipers that it was hurting our IP availability. Gotta check, but I think they were cranking out 3 or 4 jets every week, and we and the MacDIll folks had to go get them.

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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 14:16

I wish they would cut back funding for the army and the operational budgets generally. Bring the troops home and properly equip and train them but stop the constant forward presence crap.
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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 17:25

bigjku wrote:I wish they would cut back funding for the army and the operational budgets generally. Bring the troops home and properly equip and train them but stop the constant forward presence crap.


And I wish they would stop buying cell phones and cigarettes for any old person who can't find the "job they want," and via well equipped and trained forward presence, keep terrorists from blowing up buildings, and my grandsons out of wars.

BUT ... that's the problem and the reason we'll just do both till we run out of other people's money. :D :D

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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 21:07

F-35A Production Back Up to 48 Per Year, 110 Still Elusive
12 Feb 2018 John A. Tirpak​

"The Air Force plans to buy 48 F-35A fighters in its Fiscal 2019 budget request, a very modest increase from the Fiscal 2018 request of 46 and back to the level requested in Fiscal 2017, with no sign yet that the service will soon be boosting its buy to levels of more than 100, forecasted eight years ago for the near future.

Funding for F-35A procurement was pegged at $5.23 billion for Fiscal 2019, actually down slightly from the Fiscal 2018 request of $5.714 billion, but the Air Force is also asking for F-35 “capability development” funding of $550 million in 2019, up from $335 million in 2018.

Air Force Undersecretary Matt Donovan, speaking to Air Force Magazine after an AFA Mitchell Institute event on Monday, said the service is grappling with how to “balance” the need to stock up with new aircraft versus the fact that those built so far have to be modified to reach a common configuration.

“That’s what we’re working through,” Donovan said. “Because the faster we buy them right now means the more we’re going to have to retrofit later up to a certain capability.”

He also said USAF is considering a two-tiered F-35 force approach: one that makes sure “the frontline combat units have the very latest” capability while training units have a lesser but “still pretty good” capability that provides adequate preparation for frontline pilots. The Air Force takes such an approach with the F-22 fleet: training aircraft are not configured with the latest capabilities carried by frontline aircraft.

Asked if he ever sees the Air Force F-35 buy reaching 110 a year, Donovan said it will all depend on success in knocking down sustainment costs. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord “are working really hard—I mean, that’s a big focus for them—to drive down the cost of sustainment,” Donovan said. Whether they succeed will determine whether the Air Force buys out the full order of 1,763 aircraft or halts the buy and moves on to something else.

“It’s really dependent on the cost of sustainment,” he said. “That really drives the cost of the entire system, as far as the total numbers we would build.”"

Source: http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... usive.aspx
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Unread post13 Feb 2018, 21:20

Pentagon Budget 2019: US Navy requests 29 F-35s
13 Feb 2018 Pat Host

"Key Points
XXXXXX• The US Navy is requesting 29 total F-35s for both itself and the Marine Corps
XXXXXX• The F-35 is the Pentagon’s largest programme by spending

The US Navy (USN) is requesting 29 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) – 20 of the Marine Corps’ B-model short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant and nine of the navy’s F-35C aircraft carrier model.

The Pentagon on 12 February released its FY 2019 budget request. The US military is operating under FY 2017 spending levels as Congress has not enacted full year FY 2018 spending and, instead, has passed a series of continuing resolutions (CRs) that keep the government operating at FY 2017 budget levels....

...The USN is requesting 24 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters in FY 2019, 10 more than the service requested in FY 2019. The navy said in its budget overview book that its strike fighter inventory management (SFIM) strategy remains challenged with Super Hornet aircraft that reach the end of their service lives before sufficient F-35 aircraft can be delivered into service...."

Source: http://www.janes.com/article/77856/pent ... s-29-f-35s
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