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Pentagon budget 2020: USN spending plan sets course for unmanned surface vehicles

13 March 2019

The proposed US Navy (USN) fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget kicks off the purchasing plan for the USN’s planned new fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which is part of the new vision for the service highlighted relatively recently for Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations (CNO).

The FY 2020 spending plan includes USD446.8 million to buy two USVs. The FY 2019 USN budget had included USD44.8 million for the USV programme but no vehicles.

The USN plans to buy two USVs per year, starting in FY 2020 and throughout the Future Years Defense Program, for a total of 10 during that time.

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