Defense Secretary James Mattis directedÂ other Defense DepartmentÂ officials to allocate funds forÂ the full production of six “preferred” munitions asÂ they preparedÂ aÂ fiscal year 2018 budget plan, Defense News reported Tuesday.
John Roth, deputy comptroller for program budget at DoD, told reporters Tuesday that the departmentÂ increased its funding request for selected munitions toÂ $3.5 billion in a move to addressÂ inventory gaps.
The proposed budgetÂ would cover the procurement of Hellfire missiles worth $713.9 million; Joint Direct Attack Munitions worth $874.3 million;Â Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems worth $889.5; small diameter bombs worth $504.1 million; TomahawkÂ missiles worth $381.6 million; and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems worth $200 million.
Roth addedÂ the figures reflect the maximum production capacity of companies that produce the six munition systems for the U.S. military.
DoD seeksÂ $16.4 billion in funds to buyÂ weapons such asÂ tactical missiles, conventional ammunition and strategic missiles,Â reported Defense News.