Pentagon unveils $850bn FY25 budget request and eyes further aircraft retirements

Released on March 11, the $849.8bn FY25 President’s Budget for the US Department of Defense (DOD) represents an increase of $7.8bn in spending when compared to the FY24 base request. The $167.6bn procurement budget includes $61.2bn for new military aircraft and related systems.

The US Army’s $185.9bn budget request is a $400m increase over its FY24 request and includes $3.2bn for aviation procurement. The cancellation of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme is part of a wider plan, under which the Army is ‘Rebalancing Aviation Investment for the Future Battlefield’. Additionally it is ending its process of converting UH-60L Black Hawks to the UH-60V configuration in favour of procuring new UH-60Ms.

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