Pentagon budget 2023: Army proposes cuts to weapons accounts, force size

by Ashley Roque

The US Army is requesting USD177.5 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal year (FY) 2023, a slight increase over this year's enacted figure, but with plans to cut the size of the active-duty force and weapons procurement accounts.

On 28 March the White House submitted its annual budget request to Congress, and it included USD773 billion to fund the Department of Defense next year, USD30.7 billion less then approved for FY 2022.


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USSOCOM progresses Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition programme

by Andrew White

Switchblade 600 is part of AeroVironment's emerging family of tactical loitering missile systems. (AeroVironment)

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is preparing to conduct development tests with the Altius 700 airframe as part of the Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition (MPE-M) programme, officials have confirmed.

Addressing delegates at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 17 May, representatives from the Program Executive Office (PEO) of Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior said the Area-I Altius 700 – a new 30 lb kinetic payload solution – would support Block 1 of the MPE-M programme.


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Gilmour develops engine to increase defence payload capacity of Eris rocket

by Oishee Majumdar

The test-firing of ‘Phoenix' liquid rocket engine by Gilmour Space. Phoenix will power the third stage of Gilmour's Eris rocket, which intends to carry military and commercial payloads to LEO towards the end of 2022. (Gilmour Space Technologies)

Australian rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies has developed a liquid rocket engine called ‘Phoenix' that will power “the third and final stage” of its Eris rocket to orbit, a spokesperson for the company has told Janes.


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WingXpand begins trials of its expandable wing UAV

by Akshara Parakala

WingXpand UAV in flight with extended wings and conventional tail. (WingXpand)

A new WingXpand unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is to be unveiled at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida, WingXpand told Janes on 11 May ahead of the event.


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