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Obama asks Congress for $671bn 2012 defence budget

February 15th, 2011 by David No Comments

President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve a defence budget of $671bn for the fiscal year 2012.

The Pentagon said the budget was declining overall, with funding for overseas contingency operations down $41.5bn, largely from the winding down of operations in Iraq.

The budget consists of a $553 base budget, with a further $117.8bn to fight the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The US Army’s portion of the base budget is $144.9bn, the US Navy and Marine Corps get $161.4bn, while the US Air Force share is set at $150bn. The Defense Department itself spends $96.8bn.

US Navy Department announces 2012 budget

February 15th, 2011 by David No Comments

The US Navy Department budget submitted by President Barack Obama for Congressional approval is for $161.4bn, rising by $1bn over the previous year’s baseline proportions.

The 2012 budget also includes an additional request for overseas contingency operations in the amount of $15bn.

Military pay will increase by 1.6%, with reenlistment bonuses also offered.

US Navy pilot flies F-35 carrier variant

February 15th, 2011 by David No Comments

US Navy test pilot Lt Cmdr Eric Buus has become the first naval aviator to pilot the F-35C Lightning II aircraft carrier variant.

The C catapult and arrested landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is planned to fly from the US Navy’s aircraft carriers and from the UK Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class carriers, currently under construction.

BAE completes two HMS Queen Elizabeth hull sections

February 14th, 2011 by David No Comments

Two new hull cross sections of HMS Queen Elizabeth have been completed at BAE Systems’ Govan yard at Glasgow.

The sections will form part of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, replacing the previous class of Invincible class ships being withdrawn from service.

The ship will be built for the Royal Navy and completed by 2020.

A second ship, Prince of Wales is also planned. The class will displace at least 65,000 metric tons each.

Mistrals’ construction will take a decade – Russia

February 11th, 2011 by David No Comments

The chief of Russia’s general staff has said it will take ten years to complete construction of four Mistral vessels.

The construction of at least two of the helicopter carriers was secured in January via an agreement with the French government.
“It will take at least 10 years to build the Mistral class ships,” said general Makarov.

The amphibious assault ships will be built by a consortium comprising Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation and France’s DCNS.

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