Two multibillion dollar contracts for new Boeing-made planes would drive most of the defense spending in Washington over the next year in the $534 billion budget request the Pentagon released Monday.
The proposal includes $3 billion to buy the Navy 16 more P-8A surveillance aircraft and $2.4 billion to build 12 KC-46 Air Force refueling tankers. Both planes are largely built by Boeing in the Puget Sound region.
The proposal does not name any new projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The base has benefited from some $2.4 billion in construction projects since 1999.
The Army is downsizing from its Iraq War peak and generally is not building new large structures, but it set aside $19 million for new barracks at the Yakima Training Center.
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Several Navy projects in the region would get a boost, including $34.2 million for a ship maintenance facility at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, $22.7 million for dry dock improvements there and $4.5 million for improvements to the Navy ammunition depot at Indian Island. Last year’s defense budget included about $173 million for Navy projects in the region.
Boeing’s KC-46, modeled after the 767 commercial jet, had its first test flight in December. Boeing’s contract calls for it to build 179 of the tankers for $51 billion.
The Navy plans to buy a total of 117 P-8A aircraft, which is modeled after the 737. Some of the jets are expected to be based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Spending on defense in Washington peaked in 2012, when contractors pulled in $9.3 billion. Last year, the Defense Department spent $7.7 billion on contracts in the state, according to records kept at usaspending.gov.