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House Subpanel Eyes F-35B, F/A-18, Stryker Additions to 2016 Defense Budget

Capitol_BuildingThe House Armed Services Committee’s tactical air and land forces subcommittee plans to include additional F-35B and F/A-18E/F aircraft and upgraded Stryker armored vehicles in the defense authorization bill for fiscal 2016, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the House panel wants to add as much as six of Lockheed Martin‘s F-35B jets for the U.S. Marine Corps and 12 of Boeing‘s Super Hornets for the U.S. Navy, as well as upgrade the U.S. Army‘s General Dynamics-built Strykers.

The subcommittee is also looking into the Army’s upgrade plan for the National Guard‘s UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters and additional procurements for the Hercules and Javelin programs, the report said.

According to the report, a source indicated that the Stryker upgrade, in particular, could be in line with an operational need statement in the Army.

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