According to the Navy's Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last month, the Navy plans to enhance funding for the program by $2 billion in fiscal 2021, and boost the funding surge by $5 billion by 2024, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, Presstv Reported.
The current level of funding for the program is about $2.3 billion, but the Navy will seek $4.3 billion in funding for the Columbia-class submarine program next year, according to Bloomberg.
The funding surge has accelerated under the administration of President Donald Trump to modernize and grow the size of the US nuclear submarine fleet. Trump has vowed to make the increase military spending.
According to the previously undisclosed document of the Pentagon, the Navy has made requests of $4.46 billion in fiscal 2022, $4.13 billion in fiscal 2023 and $5 billion in 2024.
It has been revealed that an estimated spending of $128 billion will be required to complete the project.
The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General announced last month that the sub program would be audited to “determine whether the Navy is managing the development” of the system to “ensure that it meets performance requirements without cost increases or schedule overruns.”