DoD OCO Requests $700M for Bombs and Ammo

Aircraft mechanics load a Hellfire missile onto an MQ-1B Predator at Ali Air Base, Iraq, in 2008. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Johnson)0

Aircraft mechanics load a Hellfire missile onto an MQ-1B Predator at Ali Air Base, Iraq, in 2008. (DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Johnson)0

As the congressional oversight panels continue their review of the Pentagon’s $58.6 billion 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations budget request, much of the focus has been on the high-profile items, such as a $4 billion request for a new counterterrorism fund and $1 billion to boost US military presence in Europe.

But the request includes $53 billion for other things, including more than $700 million for bombs, ammo and drone-launched missiles — a lot of them.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the big-money items:

  • Lockheed Martin Hellfire: (Army: 137 missiles, $29.1 million, Navy 270, $27 million)
  • Lockheed Predator Hellfire: (Air Force: 983 missiles, $115 million)
  • Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (Air Force: 3106 kits, $90.3 million)
  • Raytheon/Lockheed Javelin (Navy: 90 missiles, $17.1 million)
  • Raytheon Laser Maverick (Navy: $58 million)

Quantities some of the weapons listed above were not included in the request.

And there’s a whole lot of ammo:

  • 30-millimeter ($29.1 million)
  • 40-millimeter ($7.1 million)
  • 60-millimeter ($5.9 million)
  • 81-millimeter ($9.3 million)
  • 120-millimeter ($6.9 million)
  • 155-millimeter ($15 million)
  • Grenades ($4.2 million)
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