Pentagon has requested $13.6 billion to expand missile defense

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Pentagon is requesting $ 13.6 billion for missile defense (ABM) in 2020, envisaging its expansion, according to a draft budget published on Tuesday.

“The application for the 2020 fiscal year includes $ 13.6 billion for missile defense, including $ 9.4 billion for the missile defense agency,” the document says.

It notes that these funds reflect the introductory ones outlined in the previously published Missile Defense Review, which provides for the expansion of the potential of the US missile defense system.

In particular, the budget “supports improving US missile defense capabilities in South Korea,” includes the purchase of 37 SM-3 missiles, the development of anti-hypersonic weapons, support for the Aegis Ashore complexes in Romania and subsequently in Poland, and the start of learning technologies, which can be used to deploy tracking and interception systems in space.

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