Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Army’s Swelling Budget for XM25

The goal of this piece is to simply try to quantify how much funding the Army has earmarked for the XM25 Counter-Defilade Target Engagement System, more commonly known as The Punisher. The semi-automatic, shoulder-fired weapon fires 25mm high-explosive, air-bursting ammunition and was designed by Orbital ATK Inc. and Heckler & Koch.
According to the IG, Army is still wrangling with questions over whether to buy and how to field the weapon to infantry units. According to budget documents, the service plans to request more funding for it — to the tune of as much as a quarter-billion dollars over the next five years.
In short, the Army has spent at least $33 million on the program and related efforts in the two-year period through fiscal 2016, which ends Oct. 1, the documents show. Going forward, it expects to spend at least another $132 million on the program in the five-year period from fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2021, they show.
It’s important to note these figures encompass more than just procurement dollars because the Army includes funding for the XM25 across multiple budget lines — four, actually, and three of those are for research, development, test and evaluation. However, the figures above exclude the RDT&E funding related to insensitive munitions advanced technology and test range and facilities because they’re such broad, all-encompassing categories.  more