Pentagon budget 2020: US Army looks to boost ammunition coffers

18 March 2019

The US Army is once again stepping up its request to buy additional ammunition next year with plans to spend USD2.8 billion in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020).

In the Trump administration's annual budget request to Congress the army outlined plans to spend nearly USD2.7 billion in its base budget and USD149 million in Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) funds to purchase ammunition next year.

The largest pot at USD683 million has been requested to buy artillery rounds, followed by a request for USD508 million for small- and medium-calibre ammunition. To purchase mortars, the service is requesting USD235 million, and has also included USD331 million for rockets, USD171 million for tank ammunition, USD55 million for mines, USD135 million for "other ammunition", and USD44 million for "miscellaneous" ammunition.

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