U.S. Navy to significantly boost anti-ship strike capabilities

The Pentagon’s projected budget for fiscal year 2021 should continue to pour ink still some time. As every year, the Pentagon indeed publishes a document listing the way in which it intends to spend the - gigantic - American defense budget over the coming fiscal year. This therefore implies placing orders, but also sacrificing certain programs in order to remain the budgetary envelope fixed by the country's civil authorities. Contrary to what happens in many other nations, however, the United States Congress can decide to modify, sometimes substantially, the lines of expenditure planned by the military, in order to save certain industrial programs or, on the contrary, to terminate too expensive projects.

In any event, the projected budget remains an interesting marker of the strategic and doctrinal evolution of the American armed forces. It shows, year after year, how the Pentagon intends to adapt its force structure to face new threats, while dealing with political and industrial imperatives, of course. This year, one of the most interesting changes, although quite subtle in appearance, concerns requests related to the purchase of missiles for the United States Navy, especially since requests for ammunition generally tend to be confirmed, in the main lines, by Congress.

Derived from the AGM-158 JASSM-ER, the LRASM missile is a stealth heavy anti-ship missile with better range, greater payload and improved penetration capabilities compared to the Harpoon it replaces.

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