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Pentagon budget 2020: USN sub funds drive shipbuilding programmes

12 March 2019
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US Navy (USN) submarine programmes are anchoring the shipbuilding plans for the service’s proposed fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) spending plan.

The USN proposes to spend about USD11.6 billion on submarine programmes in FY 2020, according to budget documents released on 12 March by the service.

Of that, the lion’s share is an estimated USD9.9 billion for three Block V Virginia-class attack submarines (SSNs) to cover related advance procurement and economic order quantity funding as part of the FY 2019–23 multi-year procurement plan. It has one more submarine than had been previously planned.

The money also continues funding the development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM), technology, prototype components, and systems engineering required for design and construction.

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