House Armed Services Committee chairman preserves money to develop new nuclear surface-launched cruise missile, adds 12 Super Hornets and a second guided missile destroyer to the Navy’s shipbuilding plan, according to a brand copy of the president for the fiscal year 2022 budget obtained Wednesday by USNI News.
The brand, led by HASC chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) Is largely sticking to the Biden administration’s claim of $ 704 billion in revenue, with adjustments to certain Navy programs.
Politics first reported on the mark on Wednesday.
The brand questions the Navy’s assumptions about its inventory of fighter jets. The Navy said a reduction in the squadron size of its F-35C and other measures would close the gap between attack fighters by 2025, a claim challenged by the bill.
“In the analysis for fiscal year 2022, the Navy says the fighter jet deficit is resolved to zero by 2025, 5 years ahead of schedule, but the committee is very wary of the new analysis. of the Navy, ”reads the bill.
“The Navy has delayed the commissioning of its planned F / A-XX aircraft, removed 104 F / A-18E / F Block II aircraft from the planned life modification program (SLM), and the amount of F-35C supply has still not reached 24 aircraft per year. The committee believes that these important factors are in fact exacerbating the deficit and would not help accelerate the timetable for resolving the deficit before 2030. “
The committee added $ 970 million to purchase 12 new F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighters and directs the Director of Cost and Program Evaluation (CAPE) to conduct an independent analysis of the hypotheses battlefield of the Navy.
The language follows a call by Navy executives earlier this month that defense companies not lobby Congress for legacy weapons programs, and to specifically resist the purchase of no more Super Hornets so that the service can instead direct the money toward the development of the Navy’s next generation air domination. platform (NGAD).
The Super Hornets are “a 30-year-old 10,000-hour cell. So that brings us to about 2055. And there aren’t a lot of analyzes that support the viability of the fourth generation against any threat in that time frame, ”Rear Admiral Andrew Loiselle, CEO of the Navy air warfare (OPNAV N98), declared in early August.
The most recent decision follows that of the House Appropriations Committee which added 12 Super Hornets to the budget.
The brand also singles out the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program for further consideration. The wording of the bill establishes specific affordability formulas for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, with a specific target number per cell to be determined by the secretaries of the Navy and Air Force.
Compared to the Defense Department’s initial budget request, the brand adds an additional $ 1.5 billion to the second destroyer’s shipbuilding account, with a total of $ 23.68 billion for eight combatant ships. . The HASC Marine Forces and Projection Subcommittee presented a similar plan in its mark.
Additionally, the brand retains $ 10 million in FY2022 demand for the Navy to develop a low-yield, surface-launched nuclear cruise missile that it has sought to develop to keep pace with Russian nuclear weapons at low development yield.
The controversial program was to be funded as part of the 2023 budget deliberations, according to a note obtained by USNI News from former Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Harker.
Pentagon executives faced fierce criticism from Capitol Hill for the proposal, and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a House panel in June that no decision on the program would be final until after ‘a department-wide review of nuclear weapons.
“I would just say that, again, I commit to [Nuclear] Posture Review to ensure that we adequately analyze what our capabilities are, what is needed in the future and that we maintain the right balance in our nuclear forces in the future, ”he said.