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US Marine Corps plans to simultaneously buy aircraft, modernise depots with budget boost

06 March 2018

Key Points

  • The USMC plans to use additional budget funds to both buy aircraft and modernise its fleet
  • A key officer said it was previously forced to sacrifice readiness to buy aircraft

The US Marine Corps (USMC) plans to simultaneously buy aircraft and modernise its depots, which it previously was unable to do, thanks to extra money in its fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget request, according to a key officer.

USMC Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lieutenant General Steven Rudder told a Senate panel on 6 March that the marines previously underfunded readiness accounts to buy new aircraft, of which, he said, it was not buying enough.

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