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USA spends 532 billion euros on fighter planes, nuclear submarines and the like

Hans-Christian Dirscherl

The US is spending $ 601 billion on its military this year. The new F35 fighter aircraft and a new nuclear submarine are the most expensive individual items.

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The US military is spending 601 billion US dollars (around 532 billion euros) in 2015, as the English-language business website Business Insider UK reports. This means that the USA spends more money on its military than the seven states with the highest military budgets after the USA put together.

Base budget

The lion's share, namely 496 billion dollars, goes to the “base budget”. So for the purchase and maintenance of military equipment and the maintenance of the US bases. The United States spends 63.5 billion dollars on research into new weapon systems alone. Almost 200 billion dollars, however, devour maintenance and effort.

Over $ 90 billion in new weapons

Buying new weapons costs 90.4 billion. Within this cost point, combat, transport and reconnaissance aircraft, helicopters and drones in particular devour a lot of money. Above all, the acquisition of the new F35 fighter aircraft and the development of a new long-range stealth bomber cause immense costs here. The 34 newly acquired F35 fighter planes cost a total of 8.3 billion dollars.

For ships and submarines, 22 billion dollars are planned. A new nuclear-powered submarine from the Virginia class is particularly noticeable as a cost driver. Two of these new submarines will cost $ 6.3 billion together.
Missiles and missile defense systems, in turn, cost $ 17.2 billion.

IT and communication systems cost $ 6.6 billion. And we deployed in space, like spy satellites, the United States is spending $ 6.2 billion.

If one considers the costs separately according to the type of weapon, then the US Navy makes the most use: 147.7 billion dollars. The US Air Force, which is currently being demanded primarily in Syria, devours $ 137.8 billion. The army is comparatively modest at $ 120.3 billion. Tanks are cheaper to buy and maintain and are currently not in active combat anyway.