Military Capabilities

Pentagon budget 2021: Army highlights LEO satellites as modernisation priority

12 February 2020

US Army officials have earmarked development and acquisition of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites as a critical modernisation priority in the service’s fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) budget proposal, calling for about USD80 million for LEO systems in the funding blueprint, Army Comptroller Major General Paul Chamberlain told reporters at the Pentagon on 10 February.

A LEO satellite capability was one of several new programme initiatives highlighted by army leaders as key modernisation goals in the FY 2021 plan, Maj Gen Chamberlain said. The LEO technology service leaders are seeking in FY 2021 and beyond “will provide the army access to assured position, navigation, and timing [PNT] information under conditions where the global positioning system may be limited or denied” during current or future combat operations, Maj Gen Chamberlain said.

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