Missiles Lead Navy’s 2019 Unfunded Priorities List
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s $1.5 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal 2019 puts missiles as the top four of the 25 items on the list, with submarine torpedoes at No. 5.
The 21-inch-diameter rocket motor for the Raytheon SM-6 Block 1B surface-to-air missile tops the list at $19 million, followed by an additional 10 — to reach 35 — AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles ($30 million); 48 — to reach 100 — AGM-84 Block II+ Harpoon anti-ship missiles ($12 million), to accelerate production; and 58 — to reach 250 — AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder air-to-air missiles ($45 million).
Fifth on the list was an additional five Mk48 torpedoes for $11 million to bring 2019 procurement to 50 torpedoes.
Sixth is funds to integrate the Ship Signals Exploitation Equipment and the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy, for $19 million.
At No. 7 was $38 million for sonobuoys, the disposable acoustic sensors used by anti-submarine aircraft. The justification on the list was that fiscal 2018 saw “unplanned expenditures due to east coast activity,” which likely means increased Russian submarine activity.
The list includes $80 million for a new supersonic aerial target, $34 million for three mobile mission control systems for the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle and $12 million for acceleration of the Tactical Network Targeting Technology.
The largest item on the list is $340 million for two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye radar early warning aircraft. These would replace two E-2Cs at the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center to speed up development and refinement of E-2D tactics.
The Navy also wants to replace the propellers on its C-130T and KC-130T transport aircraft with the same NP2000 propeller used on the E-2 Hawkeye.
The Navy would like $95.4 million for various cyber defense initiatives and $109 million for cognitive reactive electronic attack measures for the EA-18G Growler electronic combat aircraft.
The service also would like to invest more in ship repair infrastructure, with $176 million, and $121 million to repair the graving dock at Naval Station San Diego.
Most of the $235.9 million on the Marine Corps’ list is aimed at construction of facilities at bases.