FY2021 DoD Budget

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Unread post30 Jun 2020, 01:38

Corsair1963 wrote:
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weasel1962 wrote:
imho, the FY 21 budget already eliminated the F-18s. In last year budget, I argued getting rid of F-18s (rather than F-15s) was a better strategy considering that there were already significantly more newbuild navy super hornets (838 funded) i.e. lower average airframe life in the navy compared to the AF. It is also opportune to now buy more F-35Cs, which is happening.

What this means for the F-15EX program is no longer taking away USAF F-35 funds.


Except there was no uptick in outyear F-35C buys. In fact, there was a decrease relative to FY20.

My guess is that SLM/Block III upgrades are costing more than they initially predicted.


They increased the F-35C buy to 23 aircraft. Which, is enough to two squadrons...



The FY20 budget had

FY21: 18
FY22: 29
FY23: 27
FY24: 26

----> 100

The FY21 budget has

FY21: 21
FY22: 20
FY23: 26
FY24: 26
----> 93

So they lost 7 aircraft over the same outyear period.
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Unread post30 Jun 2020, 02:04

marauder2048 wrote:

The FY20 budget had

FY21: 18
FY22: 29
FY23: 27
FY24: 26

----> 100

The FY21 budget has

FY21: 21
FY22: 20
FY23: 26
FY24: 26
----> 93

So they lost 7 aircraft over the same outyear period.



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The House and Senate Armed Services committees make funding recommendations, which are then used by congressional budgeters in the appropriations committees to draw up the final funding bills. Nonetheless, SASC made a number of key funding authorizations that could mean major increases for certain aircraft programs.

• Unsurprisingly, it recommended a major increase for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, approving the purchase of 60 F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing models, 12 F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing variants, and 23 F-35C carrier-takeoff-and-landing aircraft. That’s a net increase of 16 aircraft: 12 F-35As, two F-35Bs and two F-35Cs.


https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/06 ... tirements/


Plus, hard to count the out years as the numbers change all of the time..... :wink:
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Unread post30 Jun 2020, 20:02

But Congress does rely on out year budgets to gauge the intent of the services; you are seeing
these resolutions on the Navy's fixed-wing force structure because there are no out year buys
of the Super Hornet.

And given the long lead times, you may have to commit this year's money.
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Unread post01 Jul 2020, 07:23

marauder2048 wrote:But Congress does rely on out year budgets to gauge the intent of the services; you are seeing
these resolutions on the Navy's fixed-wing force structure because there are no out year buys
of the Super Hornet.

And given the long lead times, you may have to commit this year's money.



It's going to be nothing short of extremely fluid with US Defense Budgets until this November Election and beyond. So, expect to see countless twist and turns. It's not going to be pretty boys and girls......... :shock:
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