The Army Goes Shopping

XM-230 grenade launcher

It was defense budget release day today and my Army budget scouring colleague Christian Lowe over at Defense Tech discovered the service is asking for $38 million to buy some 9,000 of H&K's side loading 40mm grenade launcher. 

Some additional highlights from the Army's 2011 shopping list:

  • $28 million to buy 1,655 M240 machine guns
  • $80 million to buy 5,900 Browning .50 cal machine guns
  • $18 million to buy 350 of the new lightweight .50 cal machine gun
  • $4 million to buy 238 Mk-19 grenade launchers
  • $7 million to buy 3,659 XM26 modular shotguns

The Army budget request also includes $25 million for buying new mortars to equip infantry brigades deploying to Afghanistan, including:

  • 194 M224 60mm light weight mortars
  • 32 M252 81mm mortars
  • 48 M120/121 120mm mortars

I'm trying to run down how much the Army is requesting to develop a GPS guided mortar round in response to an urgent request from Afghanistan last year for a 120mm GPS round. The Army's budget request includes $25 million to develop the Precision Guidance Kit (PGK), a GPS and fuze to outfit mortar and artillery rounds. But my understanding was this was an existing program, not in response to the urgent request. I'll have to do some more digging to see where things stand with the GPS round.

  • miy

    That isn’t ‘rub chem!’Fight science,is a content/context ordeal and just letting crazy people fight.Thats why America is getting beat by:worse crazies.

  • merc60

    just running some of the numbers here. sounds like some of these needed items are extremely high in cost. so not to bore anyone ill give one figure breakdown. the most expensive 870 remington has in the tactical arena has a current msrp of $665.00- subtracting that from the “per shotgun” cost that leaves $1,248.09 for – 2brls/ the chokes/ cleaning kit and a carry bag. am i cheap or does that sound like alot of money for a shotgun? WTF- no govt or multi- item purchase discount?

  • Rook

    $17,000 per M240? Are they serious? That’s the price of a pre-1986 ban full auto rifle in the civilian market. Talk about some fluff.

  • rb6209

    All the fancy stuff is nice, until it stops working. The one thing that is proveing it self is a product from SLIP 2000. It’s called EWL(Extrem Weapons Lub.). It works! It totally blows away CLP products of the past.

  • Cheapchuck

    Are you kidding, what happened to OTS purchasing? Hey cancel the order, those guns should cost no more than 300 each with the full package and cleaning kits.

  • John D

    Funny, budget cuts are in order all wervices are cutting back personnel, brigades are being closed, so who willuse all these weapons? Are they replacements for ones ruined by the wars? I thought many of these requests were terminated by the cuts!! Next, waste money on new Class As? Keep the M113s that are older than some generals!! Buy no replacement for the antiques!

  • Greg

    The average cost of the mortars is $91,000. That’s a lot for a steel tube bipod and t&e. even for a 120mm, should be no more than $5,000. 60mm, $1,000….tops….