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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Marine Corps Identifies $2.1B in Unfunded Priorities, Mostly in Aviation

AV-8B HarrierThe Marine Corps would purchase 10 new aircraft, improve the digital interoperability of existing aircraft and boost connectivity through additional communications systems and unmanned aerial vehicles if Congress provided additional funding.

Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford wrote to the four defense-related congressional committees to explain his Fiscal Year 2016 Unfunded Priorities List, with items he said would “further enhance our combat readiness and effectiveness should additional funds above those already requested … be made available.”

Dunford requested six Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), two Lockheed Martin KC-130J tankers, one Bell Helicopter H-1 attack helo and one Hawker Beechcraft UC-12W Huron transit plane.

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