US military is preparing to buy new military equipment
The US military will be spending about $1.7 billion on a new generation of military gear, including a new version of its long-range combat vehicle, a replacement for its aging fleet of helicopters and an amphibious assault ship.
The Pentagon said the funds are for buying new combat vehicles, including the UH-60 Black Hawk and the Navy’s new amphibious Assault Ship, a new warship, and new weapons and equipment for the Army and Marines.
A Pentagon spokesman said the spending, which is being used to buy about 1.3 million pieces of equipment, will help to improve readiness and reduce the cost of doing business.
This is a significant investment in our military that will help us fulfill our mission, said Army Gen. John Allen, who is leading the effort to buy equipment.
He said the equipment will be used in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and will be able to provide troops and Marines the ability to fight the threat posed by ISIL without risking their lives.
In addition to the military gear ordered, the Defense Department is spending about half a billion on other military needs, including money for more aircraft carriers, a naval missile defense system and $1 billion to purchase more helicopters and drones for the Navy.
Allen said the purchases will also help to ensure the US remains a force multiplier for the international community and combatant commands.
“This is going to be a force-multiplier for us,” Allen said.
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