The proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021 spending plan for the US Navy (USN) continues investments in ballistic-missile defence (BMD) forces, but also emphasises the service's interest in unmanned platforms while calling for earlier ship decommissionings, according to USN budget documents released on 10 February.
The spending plan includes about USD3.5 billion to cover the procurement as well as research, development, testing, and evaluation for two Flight III guided-missile DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers with enhanced BMD capability, as part of the multiyear procurement that runs through FY 2022. The request covers outfitting costs, completion costs, and continued development of ship systems, including bridge system upgrades slated to begin during FY 2021.
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