Here's all the military firepower Trump wants to show off at his big Fourth of July bash

Here's all the military firepower Trump wants to show off at his big Fourth of July bash
Here's all the military firepower Trump wants to show off at his big Fourth of July bash - Business Insider

Trump has reportedly requested nearly a dozen different types of military equipment for his big event, the cost of which remains unknown.

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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington.
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  • President Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops for his big Fourth of July bash, which is expected to include everything from tanks to bombers to fighter aircraft.
  • Trump tweeted Tuesday that this event will show off "the strongest and most advanced military in the world."
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President Donald Trump is planning a huge Fourth of July blowout, and he is reportedly trying to bring everything from tanks to fighter jets to the nation's capital for the event.

The president has long wanted his own massive military parade like those seen in other countries. He was particularly impressed by France's Bastille Day celebration. "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," he said of the Paris parade. "We're going to have to try to top it." Trump tried to plan a military parade last year, but that fell through amid ballooning costs.

Some have been critical of the president's event, saying that he's politicizing a civic celebration for all Americans and that the US's military parades are traditionally held only after wartime victories. But the president is going all out for the upcoming "A Salute to America" bash, which is expected to include a big fireworks display, a military parade, flyovers by military aircraft, and a presidential address. 

"We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display — brand new," Trump said Monday. "We're going to have a great Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. It'll be like no other."

Here's all the military gear Trump is reportedly ordering into Washington for the event, the cost of which is unknown.

M1 Abrams tanks

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M1 Abrams tanks
US Marine Corps Jeremy Fasci

"We're gonna have some tanks stationed outside," Trump said Monday.

There will be two M1 Abrams tanks on the National Mall as part of a static display involving other armored vehicles, defense officials told CNN. The 60-ton main battle tank is one of the best in the world.

Bradley Fighting Vehicles

U.S. servicemen drive Bradley infantry fighting vehicles
Bradley Fighting Vehicles
REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Two Bradley Fighting Vehicles, armored troop transport vehicles with the ability to provide suppressing fire, will join the M1 Abrams tanks on the mall, CNN reports.

M88 Armored Recovery Vehicle

M88 Recovery Vehicles
M88 Recovery Vehicles
U.S. Marine Corps photo taken by Cpl. Alexander Mitchell

The large M88 Recovery Vehicles are used to recover armored vehicles on the battlefield. There will be one of these in the static display with the M1 Abrams main battle tanks and the Bradley Fighting Vehicles.

B-2 Spirit bomber

B-2 Spirit bomber
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"We're going to have planes flying overhead, the best fighter jets in the world and other planes too," Trump revealed Monday.

For the event, Trump is bringing out America's top stealth air assets, including, two defense officials told CNN, the powerful B-2 stealth bombers built to slip past enemy air defenses to deliver devastating conventional and nuclear strikes.

F-22 Raptors

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F-22 Raptor
US Air Force Photo

The F-22 is a fifth-generation stealth jet that serves as America's premier air superiority fighter. CNN reports that F-22s, together with the new F-35s, will participate in the "Salute to America" festivities.

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters

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US Air Force Photo

The F-35, the most expensive weapons program in American military history, is a fifth-generation multi-purpose fighter rapidly emerging as an important symbol of American airpower.

Two Navy F-35Cs are expected to flyover the capital.

F/A-18 Hornets

Blue Angels
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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker

The Fourth of July celebration will feature a flyover by the Blue Angels, the Associated Press reported a few days ago.  The famous demonstration team flies F/A-18 Hornets with iconic blue and yellow color schemes.

F/A-18E Super Hornet

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F/A-18E Super Hornets
U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe

At least two of the highly-capable multirole fighters are expected to participate in the event, ABC News reports, citing multiple defense officials. 

MV-22 Ospreys

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepare to board an MV-22 Osprey on their way to a site near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, Sept. 7, 2018.
MV-22 Osprey
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez

Two of the Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys are expected to participate in the Independence Day activities, according to ABC News. The tiltrotor aircraft, which can carry up to 24 troops, is the main assault transport aircraft used by the Marines.

VC-25 (Air Force One)

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Air Force One

Trump plans to have one of the VC-25 aircraft — the military version of the civilian Boeing 747 jetliner that's capable of serving as an Air Force One presidential transport plane — flyover during the Fourth of July celebrations, The Washington Post reported last week.

VH-92 (Marine One)

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Future Marine One helicopter
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The VH-92, the military version of the S-92, is expected to eventually serve as the new Marine One. This helicopter has not yet entered service, but it will, nonetheless, make an appearance this Thursday, according to ABC News.

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