U.S. Military Aircraft Programs

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Welcome to the U.S. Military Aircraft program page on AeroWeb. This section covers U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spending on major aircraft programs from FY 2012 to FY 2016 (fiscal years starting October 1).

Below, you find a list of 84 aircraft programs (almost all of them), including fighters, bombers, transports/airlift, military special mission aircraft, rotorcraft/helicopters, trainer aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles and systems (UAV/UAS).

For each program, you can access information about total DoD spending on that program in FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015 and FY 2016 as well as the number of aircraft purchased.

Our data tells you exactly how much was spent on each program, e.g. RDT&E expenses for the KC-46A Tanker, # of V-22s purchased etc. By clicking on a program below, you access that system's profile - giving you access to general information about the aircraft (specs, engines, weapons/armament, mission/role etc.) and DoD budget data downloads for each program (so you can see the official spending documentation to verify the accuracy of our data and access even more info).

Note that our data may not in all instances match the numbers in the official DoD Major Acquisition Program Data Book, mainly due to the fact that we also include spending on modifications (to provide a more accurate view of how much is spent on each system). Therefore, we are convinced that the data provided below is more extensive, more accurate and more detailed than what is presented by the DoD.

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Major DoD Aircraft Programs | Fighters, Bombers, Airlift, Special Mission, Rotorcraft and Trainers

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015), the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter) is the aircraft program that by far receives the most funding with expected total program spending of $8.57 billion. In FY 2015, the DoD will purchase 38 F-35s at a total procurement cost of $6.94 billion (31, 29 and 29 aircraft procured in FYs 2012-2014). Also, the program receives another $1.63 billion in Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) funds.

Other top aircraft programs include the P-8A Poseidon ASW/ASuW aircraft ($2.51 billion total spending), the KC-46A Pegasus ($2.36 billion), C-130 Hercules ($2.05 billion), V-22 Osprey ($1.83 billion), EA-18G ($1.78 billion), UH-60 Black Hawk ($1.52 billion), E-2D Adv. Hawkeye ($1.35 billion), AH-64 Apache ($1.14 billion), and RQ-4/MQ-4 ($1.09 billion).

Note: Click on a program name below for more info

Change in Spending FY2014-FY2015:

+2.3%

Aircraft FY 2015 Aircraft FY 2014 Aircraft FY 2013
$33.52 billion $32.78 billion $34.02 billion

DoD Aircraft Programs | Total Spending

Total Spending # of Aircraft Bought

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016

ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL PRELIM.* REQUEST**

Million U.S. Dollars

*PRELIM. = Preliminary FY2015 spending**REQUEST = Requested by the DoD

Rank Aircraft/Program Name Aircraft Type User $M $M $M $M $M

F-35 Lightning II (JSF)
P-8A Poseidon
KC-46A New Tanker
C-130 Hercules (all variants)
V-22 Osprey
EA-18G Growler
UH-60 Black Hawk
E-2 (Advanced) Hawkeye
AH-64 Apache
RQ-4 / MQ-4C
CH-47 Chinook
MH-60R Seahawk
Long Range Strike Bomber
F-15 Eagle/F-15E Strike Eagle
MQ-9 Reaper
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
AH-1Z Viper
CH-53/MH-53
F-22 Raptor
UH-1Y Venom
UCLASS
UH-72 Lakota LUH
E-3 Sentry AWACS
C-5 Galaxy / C-5M Super Galaxy
VH-92A Executive Helicopter
MQ-1 Predator
B-2A Spirit
KC-135 / RC-135
B-52 Stratofortress
B-1B Lancer
MH-60S Seahawk
C-17 Globemaster III
E-6B Mercury/TACAMO
C-12 EMARSS ACS
MQ-8 Fire Scout
F-16 Fighting Falcon
RQ-7 Shadow
CSAR HH-60 RECAP
T-45 Goshawk
KC-10 Extender
AV-8B Harrier II
RQ-21 Blackjack UAS
Marine One - Executive Helicopters
E-8C Joint STARS
P-3C Orion & EP-3E ARIES II
Small Tactical UAS (STUASL0)
HH-60 Pave Hawk
E-4B Adv. Airborne Com. Post
T-38 Talon
X-47B UCAS-D
T-6 Texan II (JPATS)
MH-60 SOCOM
C-37
RQ-11 Raven
Next Generation Air Dominance
Utility/Cargo Airplane Mods
RC-12X Guardrail
Presidential Aircraft Replacement
EA-6B Prowler
Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft
Civil Air Patrol A/C
TH-57 Sea Ranger (Bell 206)
Carrier Onboard Delivery Follow On
C-32A 'Air Force Two' (Boeing 757)
Adv. Trainer Replacement T-X
T-1 Jayhawk
C-40 Clipper
U-2 Dragon Lady
Next Generation Fighter
T-44 Pegasus
MH-XX
C-12 / MC-12W
VC-25A Air Force One
CH-46 Sea Knight
C-21 (Learjet 35/36)
ARL SEMA MODS
C-2A Greyhound
OH-58 Kiowa Warrior
Saturn Arch
A-10 Thunderbolt II
U-28 (Pilatus PC-12)
C-20 (Gulfstream III/IV)
C-27J Spartan JCA
C-9C Skytrain II

Fighter/Attack
Special Mission
Tanker
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Rotorcraft
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
Bomber
Fighter/Attack
UAV/UAS
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
UAV/UAS
Bomber
Tanker
Bomber
Bomber
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Special Mission
UAV/UAS
Fighter/Attack
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Trainer
Tanker
Fighter/Attack
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Special Mission
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Trainer
UAV/UAS
Trainer
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
UAV/UAS
Fighter/Attack
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Fighter/Attack
Special Mission
Special Mission
Trainer
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Trainer
Trainer
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
Trainer
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport

JOINT
NAVY
USAF
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JOINT
NAVY
ARMY
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NAVY
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NAVY
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NAVY
USMC
NAVY
USAF
USMC
NAVY
ARMY
USAF
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USMC
JOINT
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USAF
USAF
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USAF
NAVY
ARMY
NAVY
USAF
JOINT
USAF
NAVY
USAF
USMC
USMC
USMC
USAF
NAVY
JOINT
USAF
USAF
USAF
NAVY
JOINT
SOCOM
USAF
JOINT
USAF
ARMY
ARMY
USAF
NAVY
ARMY
USAF
NAVY
NAVY
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
NAVY
NAVY
NAVY
JOINT
USAF
USMC
USAF
ARMY
NAVY
ARMY
ARMY
USAF
SOCOM
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USAF
USAF

9,162.3
2,911.5
818.9
2,506.5
2,984.9
1,202.0
1,705.3
1,244.6
1,097.3
1,635.4
1,619.5
982.2
289.6
449.8
1,152.5
2,921.4
478.1
726.9
859.6
495.0
71.2
250.4
250.3
1164.3
59.0
1,046.9
338.6
304.3
184.8
237.0
521.0
580.5
152.2
31.4
335.3
213.4
201.3
11.1
46.7
52.0
121.0
24.2
79.2
94.9
268.1
33.6
204.3
66.7
32.3
202.2
258.3
145.5
78.7
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12.1
27.6
0.0
22.5
14.6
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2.8
0.0
1.8
13.9
0.2
0.2
62.3
0.0
15.5
0.0
62.6
0.4
21.6
0.3
0.0
26.3
285.7
0.0
25.4
25.5
0.2
504.4
0.0

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3,132.6
1,550.3
1,835.9
2,165.9
1,186.9
1,603.4
1,083.6
1,157.4
1,181.5
1,697.5
751.2
258.7
358.6
1212.2
3362.6
411.7
572.0
719.2
502.4
99.5
255.6
232.8
1,164.8
46.2
686.7
404.4
221.9
19.9
166.9
455.0
410.6
140.2
108.6
213.6
198.5
102.7
32.8
45.4
31.5
91.1
36.9
42.3
75.6
79.6
9.2
81.9
46.6
20.1
128.1
250.4
97.5
0.4
33.8
0.0
23
15.1
0.0
25.3
16.4
8.5
12.3
0.0
1.7
0.6
0.3
75.1
114
0.0
12.5
0.0
17.9
1.2
2.3
0.2
0.0
8.7
304.4
0.0
250.8
18
0.2
1.9
0.0

7,538.9
3,478.5
1,505.5
2,365.9
2,011.6
2,037.0
1,323.5
1,348.1
1,055.5
762.7
1,058.5
800.3
348.6
593.6
560.3
1,023.7
398.7
500.7
592.8
451.5
115.3
256.4
293.6
946.3
92.8
622.9
384.0
238.5
113.4
171.4
417.6
255.5
157.5
65.1
128.1
138.0
155.1
333.6
93.1
55.0
127
82.1
67.0
83.8
146.1
13.2
27.7
30.8
19.6
24.9
261
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2.0
21.7
0.0
11.5
10.3
0.0
17.4
18.1
10.2
0.0
1.2
24.7
2.0
0.3
54.1
63.2
0.0
4.2
0.0
0.9
0.3
2.0
0.1
0.0
0.9
134.3
24.0
13.8
3.0
0.2
0.0
0.0

8,572.3
2,507.2
2,359.6
2,045.6
1,825.9
1,775.8
1,521.8
1,350.4
1,141.3
1,085.5
1,084.6
994.8
913.7
801.2
799.4
769.2
608.0
596.3
537.8
475.4
403.0
401.6
391.5
371.0
368.1
316.4
282.4
269.4
239.0
238.4
208.0
206.6
202.1
183.6
174.3
173.3
142.6
100.0
90.1
88.6
87.1
82.6
74.7
73.1
71.4
61.3
60.1
51.7
36.0
35.9
22.7
19.8
18.5
15.8
15.7
15.0
14.2
11.0
11.0
10.8
10.4
9.5
8.9
8.8
8.2
7.7
7.3
5.5
4.8
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3.1
2.0
1.1
0.5
0.3
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0

11,012.4
3,556.5
3,008.0
2,975.3
1,727.2
479.6
1,676.3
1,353.7
1,564.4
1,421.1
1,247.7
991.4
1,246.2
891.3
1,043.0
1,109.2
614.3
720.3
602.7
391.0
134.7
187.2
374.5
48.9
507.1
390.5
452.1
245.3
236.1
133.6
33.4
144.9
185.3
113.2
195.3
211.2
101.5
156.1
105.4
8.4
123.1
95.5
79.4
62.3
52.7
64.6
85.0
104.3
30.6
0.0
41.3
0.0
10.9
24.9
8.8
16.2
17.5
102.6
9.8
0.9
2.6
25.8
0.0
44.5
11.4
24.4
13.2
57.6
5.0
2.2
5.3
70.2
98.5
0.0
10.2
16.3
8.2
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
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DoD | Quantity of Aircraft Purchased

Total Spending # of Aircraft Bought

FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015(p) FY2016(e)

Rank Aircraft/Program Name Aircraft Type User Quantity Quantity Quantity Quantity Quantity

Note: Click on a program to view full profile

UH-60 Black Hawk
UH-72 Lakota LUH
F-35 Lightning II (JSF)
AH-64 Apache
CH-47 Chinook
MH-60R Seahawk
MQ-9 Reaper
Civil Air Patrol A/C
V-22 Osprey
MQ-1 Predator
AH-1Z Viper
UH-1Y Venom
EA-18G Growler
C-130 Hercules (all variants)
RQ-11 Raven
C-12 EMARSS ACS
P-8A Poseidon
MH-60S Seahawk
KC-46A New Tanker
E-2 (Advanced) Hawkeye
MQ-8 Fire Scout
RQ-21 Blackjack UAS
Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft
RQ-4 / MQ-4C
T-6 Texan II (JPATS)
Saturn Arch
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
OH-58 Kiowa Warrior
C-40 Clipper
Small Tactical UAS (STUASL0)
C-27J Spartan JCA
HH-60 Pave Hawk
C-37
C-17 Globemaster III
Long Range Strike Bomber
F-15 Eagle/F-15E Strike Eagle
CH-53/MH-53
F-22 Raptor
UCLASS
E-3 Sentry AWACS
C-5 Galaxy / C-5M Super Galaxy
VH-92A Executive Helicopter
B-2A Spirit
KC-135 / RC-135
B-52 Stratofortress
B-1B Lancer
E-6B Mercury/TACAMO
F-16 Fighting Falcon
RQ-7 Shadow
CSAR HH-60 RECAP
T-45 Goshawk
KC-10 Extender
AV-8B Harrier II
Marine One - Executive Helicopters
E-8C Joint STARS
P-3C Orion & EP-3E ARIES II
E-4B Adv. Airborne Com. Post
T-38 Talon
X-47B UCAS-D
MH-60 SOCOM
Next Generation Air Dominance
Utility/Cargo Airplane Mods
RC-12X Guardrail
Presidential Aircraft Replacement
EA-6B Prowler
TH-57 Sea Ranger (Bell 206)
Carrier Onboard Delivery Follow On
C-32A 'Air Force Two' (Boeing 757)
Adv. Trainer Replacement T-X
T-1 Jayhawk
U-2 Dragon Lady
Next Generation Fighter
T-44 Pegasus
MH-XX
C-12 / MC-12W
VC-25A Air Force One
CH-46 Sea Knight
C-21 (Learjet 35/36)
ARL SEMA MODS
C-2A Greyhound
A-10 Thunderbolt II
U-28 (Pilatus PC-12)
C-20 (Gulfstream III/IV)
C-9C Skytrain II

Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
UAV/UAS
Special Mission
Rotorcraft
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Rotorcraft
Fighter/Attack
Airlift/Transport
UAV/UAS
Special Mission
Special Mission
Rotorcraft
Tanker
Special Mission
UAV/UAS
UAV/UAS
Special Mission
UAV/UAS
Trainer
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
UAV/UAS
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Bomber
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Fighter/Attack
UAV/UAS
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Bomber
Tanker
Bomber
Bomber
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
UAV/UAS
Rotorcraft
Trainer
Tanker
Fighter/Attack
Rotorcraft
Special Mission
Special Mission
Special Mission
Trainer
UAV/UAS
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Fighter/Attack
Trainer
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Trainer
Trainer
Special Mission
Fighter/Attack
Trainer
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport
Rotorcraft
Airlift/Transport
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Fighter/Attack
Special Mission
Airlift/Transport
Airlift/Transport

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JOINT
JOINT
ARMY
NAVY
NAVY
USAF
NAVY
NAVY
USMC
ARMY
NAVY
JOINT
ARMY
NAVY
ARMY
USAF
JOINT
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
NAVY
USAF
NAVY
USAF
USAF
USMC
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
NAVY
USAF
JOINT
USAF
NAVY
USAF
USMC
USMC
USAF
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USAF
USAF
NAVY
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USAF
ARMY
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USAF
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NAVY
NAVY
USAF
USAF
USAF
USAF
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NAVY
NAVY
JOINT
USAF
USMC
USAF
ARMY
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USAF
SOCOM
USAF
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P-8A Poseidon | FY15: $2.51 billion

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