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Report: Army Gets $343M Funding Boost for Weapons, Munitions R&D in FY 2019 Budget Compromise

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Congressional negotiators have reached a deal to allocate $383.4M in fiscal 2019 funds to help the U.S. Army upgrade its weapons systems and munitions, Defense News reported Monday.

The negotiated spending bill released late Thursday reflects a $343M increase from the service’s budget request of $40.4M for weapons and munitions tech development and improvement efforts.

The compromise fiscal 2019 spending measure would also add $139.6M to the service’s budget for advanced weapons and munitions tech programs, including the development of a long-range precision fires system.

The conference committee also agreed to add $67M for extended-range artillery platforms; $20M for extended-range cannon artillery systems; $10M for a long-range hybrid projectile; $30M for defense efforts against small aerial drones; and $20M for high-energy lasers.

The report said the House and Senate are expected to decide this week on the negotiated appropriations bill.