Rus News Journal

Than the potential opponent

the congress of the USA arms One month ago has approved the defensive budget of the Minister of Defence of the USA for 2005 at a rate of $420,6 billion It provides increase in number of ground forces at 20 thousand persons, and marines - on 3 thousand $25 mlrd is allocated for fighting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2005 of payment fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will be increased from $150 to $225 a month by the person, and surcharge to the divided families - from $100 to $250. In plans of purchase of arms and military technology for 2005 27 helicopters UH - 60 Black Hawk (a total cost - $280 million), 67 tanks Abrams M1A2 ($292 million), 24 fighters F/ A - 22 for the Air Forces ($4,1 mlrd), 42 fighters F/ A - 18E/ F for Naval Forces ($3 mlrd), 11 military - transport planes C - 130J for the Air Forces ($939 million), four military - transport plane KC - 130J for marines ($320 million), two planes of radar-tracking supervision E - 2C Hawkeye for Naval Forces ($226 million), 53 uchebno - training plane JPATS for the Air Forces appear. Besides, $272 million it is taken away on equipment of planes by devices of night vision, $334 million - on purchase of anti-tank missiles Hellfire and Javelin, $905 million - on armored cars Stryker, $506 million - on acquisition of a series of average tactical planes. Naval Forces of the USA will replenish with one rocket nuclear submarine of class Virginia ($2,3 mlrd), three destroyers of class Arleigh Burke ($3,5 mlrd), one landing vessel of class San Antonio ($1 mlrd) and two auxiliary ships for podvoza ammunition of type T - AKE ($68,4 million). Besides, $1,5 mlrd will be allocated for working out and building of the first destroyer of new type DD (X), and $350 million on working out and building of the first universal fighting ship of coastal zone Littoral Combat Ship.