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Pentagon budget 2022: US Army cancels Multi-Function EW programme

US Army leaders have decided to cancel the service’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme, as part of a slate of service divestitures across its entire acquisition portfolio included in the army’s fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget request.

The USD12.25 million programme officials had set aside for the MFEW effort will be redirected into “continued [electronic warfare] research and development on next generation capabilities,” army budget officials wrote. The cancellation was one of seven programmes killed by service budget officials, generating a total savings of USD47.8 million, included in the army’s FY 2022 budget proposal released on 28 May.

Service officials are requesting a total USD173 billion for FY 2022, with USD154.5 billion in the base budget and USD18.4 billion combined for enduring costs and efforts tied to ongoing combat operations. The request represents a USD4 billion reduction in requested army funds, compared to the service’s FY 2021 budget proposal of USD177 billion.

Among the programme cancellations included in the FY 2022 spending blueprint, the elimination of the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR), the Spider Networked Munition System, the Hellfire Missile Launcher and the Joint Technology Center System Integration (JTICS) produced some of the biggest combined savings for service coffers. But the elimination of the MFEW programme was the single biggest cost cutting measure taken as part of the army’s FY 2021 divestment plan.

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