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  • What Couldn’t the F-4 Phantom Do?

    01/23/2015 9:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March, 2015 | Stephen Joiner
    First, they tried an F-104. “Not enough wing or thrust,” recalls Jack Petry, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. When NASA engineers were launching rockets at Florida’s Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, they needed pilots to fly close enough to film the missiles as they accelerated through Mach 1 at 35,000 feet. Petry was one of the chosen. And the preferred chase airplane was the McDonnell F-4 Phantom. “Those two J79 engines made all the difference,” says Petry. After a Mach 1.2 dive synched to the launch countdown, he “walked the [rocket’s] contrail” up to the intercept, tweaking closing speed...
  • Read one sailor’s incredible response to ‘What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?’ (Humor)

    01/19/2015 8:37:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Yellow Hammer News.com ^ | 1/12/2015 | CLIFF SIMS
    Reddit users were asked “What’s the laziest thing you’ve ever done?” And one former sailor’s response is so incredible we had to share it. We usually only write about Alabama-related things, so let’s just assume this took place aboard one of the Alabama-built Littoral Combat Ships. I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officers lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel. He sits down across from me to eat his bagel...
  • U.S. Navy says renaming LCS ships as "frigates"

    01/15/2015 8:38:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built, but 32 earlier Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that...
  • Stupid Move: Navy Will Buy V-22 Ospreys To Replace Its C-2 Greyhounds

    01/14/2015 7:51:54 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 14 Jan 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    <p>In what is a highly controversial move, the US Navy has announced that it will procure tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys to replace its venerable C-2A Greyhound Carrier On-board Delivery (COD) aircraft. Here's why it's such a terribly bad idea.</p> <p>The C-2 Greyhound replacement saga has gone on for many years, but it has come to head in recent months with three main proposals being put forward as solutions. One would be to rebuild or build new C-2 Greyhounds based on the Navy's updated E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Waring and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The Grumman E-2 is a developmental cousin of the C-2 dating back to the 1960s. The other two proposals included procuring tilt-rotor V-22 Osprey and a novel plan by Lockheed Martin to rebuild a portion of the defunct S-3B Viking fleet into COD aircraft, bringing the COD mission finally into the jet age. You can read an in depth report on all these options in this past Foxtrot Alpha feature.</p>
  • Report: littoral combat ship not 'significantly more survivable' after proposed military upgrades

    01/09/2015 7:58:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | January 08, 2015 | Michael Finch II
    The plans to upgrade the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship will not improve the vessel's capability to sustain an attack, according to a Bloomberg News report. Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to upgrade both versions of the ships built by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin. The report cites comments from Michael Gilmore, the military's director of operational, test and evaluation, saying "the minor modifications to the LCS will not yield a ship that is significantly more survivable." The Navy's proposal to buy another 20 ships with the upgrades to the ship's surface warfare and anti-submarine...
  • Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab

    08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles: “There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we...
  • The Interrogation of Abu Anas al-Libi

    10/09/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-09-13 | Wordsmith
    This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seizedNazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside hishouse Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. (AP Photo/FBI) In a time when the current administration appears to favor kills over capture as well as "catch and release", last Saturday Abu Anas al-Libi (Zawahiri's man in Libya) survived President Obama's kill list to be captured instead of droned upon: Since President Obama stepped...
  • Suspected Plotter of U.S. Embassy Attacks Abu Anas Al-Libi Dies in New York

    01/03/2015 5:40:45 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/3/15 | Jonathan Dienst and Robert Windrem
    A one-time associate of Osama Bin Laden died in New York on Friday while awaiting trial for allegedly plotting the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was captured in Libya by U.S. commandos in Oct. 2013 and brought to New York where he was due to stand trial. He had been wanted for more than a decade and there was a $5 million reward for his arrest. Al-Libi had pleaded not guilty. The al Qaeda terror suspect has been in poor health and suffered liver disease as a result of hepatitis C, according...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Navy nixes ‘global force for good’ slogan (VIDEO)

    12/18/2014 11:16:32 AM PST · by rktman · 58 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jennifer Cruz
    After five years, the U.S. Navy has decided to do away with the “global force for good” slogan and replace it with something that hits a little closer to home.
  • Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

    12/11/2014 6:55:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. The two variants of the ship will replace the last 20 ships in the initial plan for 52 Flight 0 Lockheed Martin Freedom-class and Austal USA Independence-class LCS hulls as part of the SSC directive the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) outlined to the Navy in a January memo....
  • Navy Approves Production of F/A-18 Infrared Tracking Pod

    12/10/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIN online ^ | December 10, 2014 | Bill Carey
    The U.S. Navy received Milestone C acquisition approval earlier this month to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor pod for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin and partner Boeing will deliver six pods in the first LRIP lot. The AN/ASG-34 IRST sensor gives the F/A-18E/F a long-range, passive search and tracking capability against multiple targets, supplementing the jet’s APG-79 active electronically scanned radar and other sensors. The pod is mounted on the nose section of the Super Hornet’s centerline fuel tank. It completed a first flight aboard an F/A-18F in February. “Integrating...
  • The Navy's Smart New Stealth Anti-Ship Missile Can Plan Its Own Attack

    12/04/2014 7:48:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12/05/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    America's primary anti-ship missile, the Harpoon, has been in service now for close to 40 years and the Navy has been very reluctant to evolve when it comes to its anti-ship capabilities. Times are changing, with China's Navy on the rise and Russia flexing its muscle, the Cold War staple just won't do. Enter Lockheed's ninja-like Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to save the day. The Harpoon was once the 'gold standard' of anti-ship cruise missiles, but its subsonic flight profile, limited range, less than stealthy design, and relatively simple targeting and navigation methodology have left it as almost an afterthought...
  • Report: Chinese Navy’s Fleet Will Outnumber U.S. by 2020

    12/03/2014 5:04:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/03/2014 | KRIS OSBORN
    China has plans to grow its navy to 351 ships by 2020 as the Chinese continue to develop their military’s ability to strike global targets, according to a new report. The 2014 U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission recommended to Congress the U.S. Navy respond by building more ships and increase its presence in the Pacific region – a strategy they U.S. military has already started. The commission asked Congress to increase its Pacific fleet up to 67 ships and rebalance homeports such that 60-percent of the force is based in the region by 2020. The commissions’ recommendations, which are...
  • NOT YOUR “FATHER’S AEGIS” (100+ plus ships in service)

    11/21/2014 5:39:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2014 | Robert Holzer and Scott C. Truver
    “Stand by, Admiral Gorshkov, Aegis is at Sea!” The U.S. Navy’s first Aegis-equipped surface warship, the USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), joined the Fleet in January 1983, and all-but dared the Soviet Navy to take its best anti-ship cruise-missile shot. The Navy’s newest Aegis guided-missile destroyer in the fall 2014, the USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112), was commissioned in December 2012. Murphy is the Navy’s 102nd Aegis warship. Another 10 Aegis DDGs are under construction, under contract or planned––a remarkable achievement! Aegis surface warships were conceived during the height of the Cold War to defend U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups from massed Soviet...
  • Analyst: Surface Navy Needs Revamped Payloads for Offensive Warfare

    11/17/2014 6:59:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | November 17, 2014 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s surface fleet is in need of some short-term payload adjustments to regain an advantage in offensive surface strike capabilities. “The surface fleet today really can’t do offensive sea control,” said Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a Washington think tank, and a former special assistant to the chief of naval operations, speaking to reporters Nov. 17. Clark, author of the new CSBA assessment, “Commanding the Seas: A Plan to Reinvigorate U.S. Navy Surface Warfare,” said the Navy needs a short-term — meaning by 2025 — adjustment in its...
  • The Navy's EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

    11/15/2014 7:48:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November 15, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Yesterday, four EA-6B Prowlers belonging to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134 'Garudas' made a triumphant but bittersweet return to NAS Whidbey Island in upstate Washington. The squadron had been deployed aboard the USS George H.W. Bush for the last nine and a half months, and their arrival marked the end of the last EA-6B carrier deployment. The EA-6B Prowler has been flying for over 46 years. The aircraft it directly descends from, the A-6 Intruder, was first flown some 54 years ago. The Prowler also represents the end of a long line of over-engineered and incredibly capable naval jet aircraft built...
  • 3 US sailors attacked in Istanbul amid chants of 'Yankee go home'

    11/12/2014 9:33:43 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 59 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 12, 2014 | Stars and Stripes
    Protesters yelling “Yankee go home!” attacked three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, while the warship USS Ross was in port. The sailors were not injured and all returned to the ship, said Capt. Greg Hicks, a spokesman for U.S. European Command.
  • America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated

    11/07/2014 3:48:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 07, 2014 | James R. Holmes
    Hie thee hence, sea fighters, to peruse Information Dissemination‘s take on the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer. Pseudo-pseudonymous pundit “Lazarus” gives a nifty profile of the newfangled vessel. That’s worth your time in itself. Though not in so many words, moreover, he depicts the attention-grabbing DDG-1000 stories of recent weeks and months as a red herring. Sure, Zumwalt features a “tumblehome” hull that makes the ship look like the second coming of USS Monitor. (This is not a compliment.) The hull tapers where it should flare and flares where it should taper. Zounds! Yet more than cosmetics occasions commentary. Some navy-watchers...
  • How to survive in a dogfight, alone against six MiGs

    11/05/2014 6:09:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 05 2014 | Dario Leone
    An incredible air-to-air engagement, where one U.S. pilot alone survived to six North Vietnamese MiGs. A true milestone in the progress of naval aviation, the Vought F-8 has been one of the few carrier-based fighters that could outperform most land-based counterparts. Being the first genuinely supersonic naval aircraft, the Crusader, was a single seat, single engine swept fighter that introduced an unusual feature, the variable incidence wing. Armed with four Colt Mk 12 cannons, the F-8 was called “The last gunfighter”: these guns combined with its high thrust-to-weight ratio and with its good maneuverability, made of the Crusader a good...
  • F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on U.S. Navy Carrier

    11/03/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 66 replies
    AIN Online ^ | November 3, 2014 | BILL CAREY
    The U.S. Navy conducted the first arrested landing of an F-35C Joint Strike Fighter carrier variant on November 3. Cmdr. Tony Wilson, a Navy test pilot, landed test aircraft CF-03 on the flight deck of the carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego after flying from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The first arrested landing came at the start of initial at-sea developmental testing of the F-35C, which is expected to last for two weeks. The carrier testing involves test aircraft CF-03 and CF-05, both fitted with a redesigned tail hook after problems with the initial design...
  • Sweden Has A Sub That's So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy

    10/25/2014 6:45:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden's own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub. Sweden's submarine force is relatively tiny, just five boats make up the entire inventory, but those five vessels are extremely stealthy and lethal, especially their three Gotland Class diesel-electric submarines. Entering service in the...
  • Raytheon's Alabama-made SM-6s intercept targets in 'engage on remote' tests

    10/24/2014 12:17:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Leada Gore
    Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 had a pair of successful intercepts during recent testing highlighting the system's ability to use targeting information provided from a remote source. The "engage on remote" scenario involved two SM-6s launched from the USS Chancellorsville against anti-ship and cruise missile targets. The scenario included the SM-6s being launched prior to its own radars detecting the incoming threats, and instead using targeting information from the USS Sampson, another Aegis ship in the area. The first SM-6 intercepted a low-altitude, short-range supersonic target while the second intercepted a low-altitude, medium-range subsonic target. The SM-6 and Standard Missile-3 are produced...
  • Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

    06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal — negotiated by the United Nations — that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes...
  • Destruction Of Syria Chemical Weapons Complete

    08/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 08/19/2014
    The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile has been completed, Barack Obama has said. The US President welcomed the development, but said Washington would seek to ensure Damascus fulfils all its commitments. "Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," he said. He added that the destruction, carried out aboard a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, sent "a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community".
  • Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be (Indonesian ship!)

    10/10/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/10/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this is precisely where the X3K was born to fight. An Indonesian Combat Trimaran Designed In Sweden The X3K was built by Indonesian-based Swedish boat builder North Sea Boats, and designed in part by renowned exotic boat builder LOMOcean Design LTD. The goal was to build a...
  • Why America's Navy Is So Concerned About These Russian Missiles

    10/09/2014 8:32:08 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | October 9, 2014 | Andrew Tarantola
    Some folks question why the U.S. Navy would need such exotic weapons as the Phalanx and SeaRAM systems, or even electromagnetic rail guns. These Russian-made, radar-guided anti-ship missiles are two such reasons. The P-270 Moskit and P-800 Oniks have caused so much consternation that the Navy has begun developing a helicopter-based electronic warfare system—the Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW)—to defend against the threat. Both are ramjet-propelled cruise missiles, both carry 550 to 710 pounds of high explosive in their warheads, and neither is one you want to see streaking towards your ship.
  • Arab and European jets responsible for just 10 per cent of air strikes against Isil

    10/07/2014 7:00:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arab and other allied countries have carried out only around 10 per cent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defence officials said on Monday. US warplanes have conducted 1,768 air strikes since August 8, while other coalition aircraft have carried about 195 air raids against the IS jihadists, defence officials said, citing a tally through to Sunday. The numbers, which for the first time shed light on the participation of Arab coalition partners, reflect the dominant role of the US military in the air campaign. But Pentagon...
  • Gulfstream jets with Israeli radar to replace US Navy’s P-3 orion in test-range surveillance

    10/06/2014 9:09:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Oct 6, 2014
    The US Navy announced it plans to acquire a Gulfstream G550 modified to carry the conformal airborne early warning system (CAEW), to be used as ‘range support aircraft’, replacing P-3 and C-130 based radar carrying aircraft. The Navy will take delivery no later than the end of fiscal 2017. The US Navy will become the system’s fourth customer, following orders from the Israeli Air Force, Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Italian Air Force. The aircraft is designed to host as multiple telemetry links supporting L, S and C bands supporting different telemetry test equipment and command destruct and...
  • Will Huntington Ingalls Build the Navy's New Super-Frigate?

    10/05/2014 10:23:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Fool.com ^ | October 04, 2014 | Motley Fool
    The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed Huntington Ingalls will not be building its new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters -- and great is the lamentation in Newport News, Va. Huntington Ingalls won't get to build a new Offshore Patrol Cutter for the Coast Guard. But its National Security Cutter just might fit Navy needs for a new Small Surface Combatant. Photo: Huntington Ingalls . For years, Huntington Ingalls has been the Coast Guard's go-to builder for building its multiple coastal and deepwater patrol vessels . News that Huntington didn't even make the short list in February, however -- and that...
  • Photos of Chinese navy's new supply ship leaked online

    09/29/2014 1:14:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Monday, 29 September, 2014 | Chris Luo
    The new ship appears to be different from any other PLA replenishment ship. Photos: cjdby.net The Chinese military may be building a new type of resupply ship, according newly surfaced photos, as the countryÂ’s navy seeks to shore up its ocean-going capabilities. The half-finished PeopleÂ’s Liberation Army (PLA) ship was photographed anchored at a harbour, identified as the Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI), in about two dozen pictures published at the weekend on cjdby.net, an influential military forum in China. The website is known as an unofficial outlet of rare images of some of the PLAÂ’s latest weapons and caters to...
  • U.S. Submarines: Run Silent, Run Deep...On Diesel Engines?

    09/18/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | September 18, 2014 | James Holmes
    "Now may be the time to break up the nuclear monopoly." "Underway on nuclear power", radioed the skipper of USS Nautilus in 1955, after taking history's first nuclear-powered attack submarine to sea for the first time. Nautilus's maiden cruise left an indelible imprint on the navy. Her success, cheered on by the likes of Admiral Hyman Rickover, the godfather of naval nuclear propulsion, helped encode the supremacy of atomic power in the submarine force's cultural DNA. Things were never the same after that. America built its last diesel-electric sub, once the state of the art, not long after Nautilus took...
  • Navy to Conduct Strike Missile Demonstration Aboard LCS 4

    09/18/2014 11:33:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014
    WASHINGTON — The Navy is scheduled to conduct a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile (NSM) aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 24, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman announced in a Sept. 18 release. The Kongsberg NSM is a long-range precision-strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. This demonstration is intended to test the capabilities of the Norwegian-made missile from a sea-based platform against a Mobile Ship Target (MST) and provide insights into the weapon’s stated capabilities of...
  • Navy's FA-XX Discussion Includes Modifying F-35C

    09/09/2014 9:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN Online ^ | September 9, 2014 | BILL CAREY
    Modifying the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is part of what the U.S. Navy wants to discuss with contractors in a series of “technical interchange meetings” before it develops an analysis of alternatives (AoA) for a future carrier-based strike fighter. In a September 9 solicitation, the Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) invited companies to participate in the meetings “for the purposes of trade space refinement” before it begins the AoA process next year. Navair said the solicitation is an addendum to the request for information (RFI) it issued in April 2012 for the FA-XX requirement to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet...
  • Health impacts of Japan disaster relief (Fukushima/USS Reagan crew) **UPDATE**

    08/24/2014 6:29:46 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 2 replies
    multiple | 08/26/2014 | multiple
    Okay. I'm not sure how I missed the updates/reports other than the fact that they appear not to have been posted here at FR. Principal source link is the PDF report to Congress in regards to a prior post here:("Final Report to the Congressional Defense Committees in Response to the Joint Explanatory Statement Accompanying the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014, page 90, “Radiation Exposure” "). (link will open/download the PDF) An update on the USS Ronald Reagan crew lawsuit re their mysterious illnesses in the wake of Operation Tomodachi is here: ("USS Reagan Sailors’ Lawsuit Found ‘Lacking’ Nuclear Expert...
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    AL.com ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • To Sell U.S. Combatants Overseas–Follow the French!

    08/01/2014 11:00:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Next Navy ^ | JULY 31, 2014
    U.S. naval ship vendors could learn a thing or two from the French, as they’ve thus far fought off extensive American efforts to intrude on France’s niche market in small surface combatants. It’s almost embarrassing. Despite American efforts to sell the Littoral Combat Ship, the French Gowind-Class corvette “family of ships” has quietly taken big bites out of the LCS’s international market. With the Gowind ships, France has simply out-hustled the LCS program, picking up two big orders from Malaysia and Egypt–and DCNS is actively looking to seize other key markets. The United States should take a good long look...
  • Firm Offers the Ghost to Navy as a Versatile Combat Platform

    07/29/2014 8:17:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Sea Power ^ | July 28, 2014 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — A small company is offering to the Navy a small, high-speed craft that it says can take on some of the missions of the littoral combat ship (LCS) in regional operations. The Ghost, a small waterplane-area twin-hull (SWATH) craft designed by Juliet Marine Systems Inc. of Portsmouth, N.H., has been tested in prototype form at sea and has been demonstrated to potential customers, including the U.S. Navy, said Greg Sancoff, chief executive officer of Juliet Marine. The Ghost is designed to perform anti-surface (ASUW) and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasures (MCM), the three intended roles of...
  • US Navy’s Coronado LCS to test Norwegian missile in September

    07/28/2014 7:12:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    naval-technology.com ^ | 28 July 2014
    The US Navy's second Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) Coronado (LCS 4) is set to test launch Kongsberg's naval strike missile (NSM) off Point Mugu, Southern California, US, in September. Marking the first firing of a surface-to-surface missile from an LCS, the upcoming trial follows the successful launch of the NSM from the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during RIMPAC exercises. NAVSEA spokesperson lieutenant Kurt Larson was quoted by the NavyTimes as saying: "The planned September live-firing demonstration aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) of the naval strike missile under the foreign comparative testing programme will test the ship's feasibility to execute...
  • Elite F-14 Flight Officer Explains Why The Tomcat Was So Influential

    07/24/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 07/24/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    We sat at the end of the runway, our F-14's GE-110 motors humming, awaiting our clearance to begin what would be the last F-14 Demonstration ever. The Air Boss's voice crackled over the radio: "Tomcat Demo, you're cleared to five miles and 15k feet. The air show box is yours" At that very moment, I distinctly remember what my Commanding Officer told us before the show: "Fellas, make it a memorable one… just not too memorable!" LCDR Joe "Smokin" Ruzicka was the Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to fly the last F-14 Demonstration before the Tomcat's final demise in 2006. Commander...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • U.S. Navy is evaluating MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone for its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets

    07/18/2014 12:02:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 July 2014
    Navy Recognition has learned that the U.S. Navy is beginning environmental and integration analysis of the UK’s combat proven Dual Mode Brimstone missile for F/A-18 Super Hornets. This activity is funded and being managed by the US Navy. Additionally, two recent positive reports from committees of the U.S Congress have expanded the funding in Fiscal Year 2015 by $10M for Dual Mode Brimstone on F/A-18s and asked for the Secretary of Defense’s views on dual mode missile technology. This news is matched by the UK MOD funding BAE Systems 5M British Pounds to begin an integration analysis of Dual Mode...
  • Raytheon, Kongsberg Team Up For Anti-Ship Missile

    07/15/2014 3:46:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/15/2015 | ROBERT WALL
    Missile Has a Range Exceeding 150 Nautical Miles, and is Designed to be Difficult to Spot by Radar FARNBOROUGH, England— Raytheon Co. RTN +0.64% is teaming up with Norways's Kongsberg Gruppen AS KOG.OS -0.73% A to build a new anti-ship weapon as it deepens its battle with Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.50% in the market to sell high-end missiles to the Pentagon. Kongsberg is developing the Joint Strike Missile for use with Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to attack ships and land targets from great distance. Under the deal being announced today at the Farnborough air show, Raytheon will...
  • U.S. Navy Discovers That Sailors Need Sleep (LCS Troubles)

    07/11/2014 10:51:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 07/11/2014 | Michael Peck
    Undermanned and overworked crews can’t keep Littoral Combat Ships running Did you ever work a job that required two people, but your stingy employer insisted that one was enough? Then you understand the problem with the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. One of the LCS’s supposed advantages is its much smaller crew compared to other vessels. Where a Navy frigate might have 200 sailors, the frigate-size LCS has just 40—although, to be fair, two different 40-person crews take turns running the ship. LCS is a jack-of-all-trades warship that can carry different modules for various missions—anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare or mine-hunting. The...
  • PLA YJ-12 missile the most dangerous threat to US Navy: US expert

    07/06/2014 6:08:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-07-05
    In an article written for the Washington-based military website, War on the Rock, Robert Haddick, an American military analyst said that the People's Liberation Army Navy's YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missile is the most dangerous threat to the US Navy in the Western Pacific. On page 40 of the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2014 published by the Pentagon for congress indicated, this cruise missile provides an increased threat to naval assets, due to its long range and supersonic speeds. In addition, the YJ-12 is capable of being launched from PLA Navy Air Force's H-6 strategic...
  • US Navy destroyer conducts longest ever surface-air engagement with new SM-6 missiles

    06/29/2014 9:19:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jun 28, 2014
    During the underway period, John Paul Jones also conducted its first ballistic missile tracking exercise while simultaneously tracking two supersonic and two subsonic missile targets. This event fully demonstrated the capabilities of Aegis Baseline 9C and of John Paul Jones as the first Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) destroyer Over the course of three days June 18-20, the crew of Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully engaged six targets off the coast of Southern California, firing a total of five missiles that included four Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missiles and one Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) missile. One of...
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    05/12/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05.12.14 | Bill Sweetman
    PH1 (AW/NAC) Michael Moriatis/Wikimedia Commons The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life....
  • USN study revives GE's hopes for major F414 upgrade

    04/28/2014 9:34:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 04/28/2014 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    A major engine upgrade for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet is being seriously considered by the US Navy for a programme launch in Fiscal Year 2016. GE Aviation and the navy jointly funded a one-year study – which kicked off last October – to examine the details of implementing a nearly 15-year-old proposal to upgrade the F414-GE-400 with the “enhanced durability engine” (EDE) kit. Following a decade of component and rig testing and several false starts on the export market, the study may be GE Aviation’s best hope of salvaging a programme that could improve the thrust of the...
  • Our Carrier Video Is Way Cooler Than Yours (China touts its new toy)

    04/25/2014 10:24:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Time ^ | April 22, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    Ever since 1986′s Top Gun, music and the carefully-choreographed mayhem that happens on a carrier’s flight deck have gone together like peanut butter and chocolate. But if you thought such confections are limited to the U.S. Navy, you’d be wrong. Not only does China have a new carrier, with another on the way, it now has a video showing off some of what its existing flattop, the Liaoning, and its J-15 fighters can do. The video celebrates the 65th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. It was produced by AVIC—the Aviation Industry Corporation of China—a state-owned aerospace and defense...
  • Finmeccanica Proposes 76mm Gun for LCS

    04/22/2014 8:01:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Finmeccanica is proposing that the OTO Melara 76mm gun be configured onto the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship as part of an effort to improve the lethality and survivability of the shallow-water , multi-mission vessel. The naval artillery piece would replace the existing 57mm weapon now on board the LCS, per the existing proposal, said Eric Lindenbaum, vice president of Navy and Maritime programs for DRS Technologies. OTO Melara and DRS Technologies are both subsidiaries for the Italian defense company, Finmeccanica SpA. Amidst an ongoing effort to develop alternative proposals for a new small surface combatant, Navy officials are busy exploring...