The Defense Department has asked Congress for permission to transfer $4.7 billion in funds to equip the U.S. Army with additional weapons systems and accelerate military technology development programs, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.
DoD said in a reprogramming proposal it wants to redirect $363 million to procure 100 Patriot missile defense interceptors from Lockheed MartinÂ and shift another $291 million to buy 91 Stryker infantry transport vehicles from General Dynamics.
The Pentagon also seeks to redirect funds toward procurement of modern night-vision goggles, demonstrate a deep strike cannon artillery system as well as development of a “hypersonic” conventional strike munition prototype.
Additionally, DoD wants to use $70 million as down payment on a planned $1.7 billion project to build a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
The fund reprogramming plan is subject to approval by four congressional panels, the report noted.