US DoD set to receive funding boost for hypersonic, directed-energy weapons

27 September 2018

Pentagon leadership is poised to receive a financial windfall to develop emerging technologies like hypersonic and directed-energy weapons: a move seen as a way to counter Russian and Chinese advancements.

The House and Senate have approved a fiscal year 2019 defence spending bill that funds the Pentagon with USD674.4 billion from 1 October. The legislation is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.

Within the measure US lawmakers noted that they want the US Department of Defense (DoD) to be better prepared for contingencies in relation to Russia and China. One way they can help the department to do just that is through adding hundreds of millions of dollars to develop next-generation weapons.

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