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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:04 pm

    The first flight of the helicopter CH-53K



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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:40 pm

    George1 wrote:The first flight of the helicopter CH-53K


    The first flight of the gold-plated white elephant, aka the CH-53K, the most expensive helicopter ever created at a insane average cost of +$100 million!!! Shocked Some congressman on Capital Hill is getting kickbacks!

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    Post  max steel on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:00 pm

    US Navy Buys 136,000 New Sonobuoys to Track Submarines around the world

    6,000AN/SSQ-36 sonobuoys; 95,000 AN/SSQ-53 sonobuoys; 15,500 AN/SSQ-62 sonobuoys; 10,000 AN/SSQ-101 sonobuoys; and 10,000 AN/SSQ-125 sonobuoys Mad

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Militarov on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:07 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    George1 wrote:The first flight of the helicopter CH-53K


    The first flight of the gold-plated white elephant, aka the CH-53K, the most expensive helicopter ever created at a insane average cost of +$100 million!!! Shocked  Some congressman on Capital Hill is getting kickbacks!

    Worst part is that it was based on already existing CH53E, i cant imagine Research and develop cost if they were making it from 0. Actually, by last count it will be 130million per piece included RnD.

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    Post  max steel on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:09 pm

    US Navy to Train Recruits in Celestial Navigation Amid Cyber War Threats

    An alternative to GPS has been always recommended by the government, and for the US Army, compasses — a ground analogue of the sextant, so to speak — have never left service. But the Navy somehow ignored these recommendations.


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Werewolf on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:18 pm

    max steel wrote:US Navy to Train Recruits in Celestial Navigation Amid Cyber War Threats

    An alternative to GPS has been always recommended by the government, and for the US Army, compasses — a ground analogue of the sextant, so to speak — have never left service. But the Navy somehow ignored these recommendations.


    Sikorsky purchased by Lockheed Martin.

    New Helicopter CH-53K that costs 100 mln. USD.

    Coincidence? I think not!

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    Post  Militarov on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:19 pm

    Werewolf wrote:
    max steel wrote:US Navy to Train Recruits in Celestial Navigation Amid Cyber War Threats

    An alternative to GPS has been always recommended by the government, and for the US Army, compasses — a ground analogue of the sextant, so to speak — have never left service. But the Navy somehow ignored these recommendations.


    Sikorsky purchased by Lockheed Martin.

    New Helicopter CH-53K that costs 100 mln. USD.

    Coincidence? I think not!

    Worse, 130mil per piece included RnD.... it costs like two F16 Block 60 basically.

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    Post  max steel on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:20 pm

    What do you mean?

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:20 pm

    Militarov wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    George1 wrote:The first flight of the helicopter CH-53K


    The first flight of the gold-plated white elephant, aka the CH-53K, the most expensive helicopter ever created at a insane average cost of +$100 million!!! Shocked  Some congressman on Capital Hill is getting kickbacks!

    Worst part is that it was based on already existing CH53E, i cant imagine Research and develop cost if they were making it from 0. Actually, by last count it will be 130million per piece included RnD.

    ...And the CH-53K's capabilities are inferior to the Mi-26 in most categories (all the important ones), a helicopter (Mi-26) which was designed in the 1970's, while simultaneously being 5-6x times the cost of the Mi-26. That means you can get '6' superior heavy-lift helicopters (Mi-26) for every '1' CH-53K! MIC-funding corruption is running amok in the United States!!!

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:26 pm

    max steel wrote:What do you mean?

    Werewolf quoted your post by accident, and he was commenting on the Sikorsky CH-53K.


    BTW, Werewolf is it possible to get a indepth break down on why the Mi-26 (a helicopter designed in the 1970's) is superior to the CH-53K? Because I don't think I can do this topic as much justice as you could lol! A serious breakdown will show how unjustified the cost is.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Werewolf on Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:05 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    max steel wrote:What do you mean?

    Werewolf quoted your post by accident, and he was commenting on the Sikorsky CH-53K.


    BTW, Werewolf is it possible to get a indepth break down on why the Mi-26 (a helicopter designed in the 1970's) is superior to the CH-53K? Because I don't think I can do this topic as much justice as you could lol! A serious breakdown will show how unjustified the cost is.

    Maybe on Friday, when i have more time.

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    Post  max steel on Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:49 pm

    Navy Preparing for Next-Generation Attack Submarine SSN(X) Decisions in 2024

    Though the Virginia-class attack submarine program (SSN-774) is still going strong, delivering boats ahead of schedule and below original cost estimates, the Navy needs to start planning the next generation of attack submarines soon, according to the program executive office for submarines.

    PEO Subs executive director George Drakeley said last week at the annual Naval Submarine League symposium that an analysis of alternatives for the next-generation sub, or SSN(X), would take place in 2024.

    To prepare for that milestone, PEO Subs has created a future capabilities group to begin studying what the operating environment might look like in the 2050 timeframe, what technologies submarines would require to be successful in that environment, and what enablers the research and development community can start working on now to set up the future program for success, he said.

    “We’re already putting together a team to look at, what does the future submarine after Virginia need to look like? This is looking forward just as the Ohio Replacement Program is looking forward, but it’s important that we do this now,” Drakeley said.
    “We need to identify the technologies that we’re going to need out in the future years in the attack submarine business. … This is going to be a submarine that will have to be better integrated with [unmanned underwater vehicles] and other sensors and other capabilities that we maybe haven’t even thought of yet.”

    In 2013 the Navy expanded the Virginia class from a 30-boat program to 48, which now puts the last Virginia-class sub at delivering in 2034, he said. The SSN(X) analysis of alternatives will take place in 2024, the authorization for the lead ship in the new class will happen in 2034, and the new class will reach initial operational capability in 2044, according to current PEO Subs plans.

    Starting the SSN(X) discussion nearly a decade ahead of the AoA will help ensure that mature technologies and design tools are ready when the program starts, which reduces risk and cost; will help the Navy understand the impact of external factors and other programs on the SSN(X) design and mission; and build affordability into the program, Drakeley said during his presentation.

    For example, he said the program will need to understand how the Navy expects the submarine to interact with off-board assets, and whether a single design can meet all mission needs or whether a mixed-class approach might be more appropriate.

    On the Virginia class, the Navy is about to deliver the third Block III sub, Illinois (SSN-786), later this year. Block III included a 20-percent design change and is still expected to deliver in 66 months, compared to the 84 months for the first block of boats. The service has already authorized several of the Block IV boats, which will begin delivering in 2019 and will boast increased operational availability and decreased total ownership cost. Block V, which will include the Virginia Payload Module, is in the design phase now and will be authorized beginning in Fiscal Year 2019.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Thu Oct 29, 2015 5:54 pm

    Navy Planning Torpedo Restart, Would Be Modular Design With Multiple Payloads

    The Navy hopes to restart its heavyweight torpedo program after a more than 15-year hiatus in production, but those plans could be hampered by a long-term continuing resolution.
    Director of Undersea Warfare Rear Adm. Charles Richard left no doubt about his need for the program: “I have to go get that line started,” he said last week at the annual Naval Submarine League symposium.

    Program Executive Office for Submarines Executive Director George Drakeley said at the same event that the submarine community is currently limited to the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo, the Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo and the Tomahawk missile.

    “That’s really not that great, that’s not a good state of affairs,” he said.
    “Now there’s a number of programs in the [research and development] area that I can’t discuss here, but we are looking at other weapons – but I say to the community we need to do a better job giving the warfighter more weapons here.”

    And that limited selection of weapons is aging, he said. Discussing the Mk 48 Mod 7, the newest of the torpedoes, Drakeley said, “we refurbish these, we use them a lot, we fire them for training and then bring them back and refurb and reuse, but they’re getting old. And though when you look at the picture of it it looks like it’s kind of a modular weapon, we really have only been upgrading the forward part with the sonars and the electronics. So in the torpedo restart, we are going to be making this a truly modular design that you can pull out a section and plug in different payloads or different propulsion systems or different fuel supplies, and so as you’re developing the payloads you ought to be thinking about how you integrate with the modular Mk 48 some new capabilities and the like.”

    But Richard said the ability to get that modular, plug-and-play torpedo off the ground could be hurt by the budget. The Navy is currently operating under a continuing resolution, which funds the government at last year’s levels until December. Congress appears to have reached a two-year budget deal to provide some relief from the Budget Control Act spending levels, but it is unclear if Congress will be able to pass a line-by-line spending bill by December or if the continuing resolution will be extended.

    “That’s a body blow in terms of my ability to get the resources and get them into the hands of those program managers so that we can go and make torpedoes. That’s next to impossible under a continuing resolution,” Richard said.
    “So I’ve got to start making torpedoes.”

    “And then what I have to do is I have to come up with an entirely new array of schwackage options that I can go give the fleet,” he said, echoing Drakeley’s call for additional payloads.
    “That includes both undersea, that’s with the heavyweight torpedo capabilities, as well as an expanded missile portfolio. High on my expanded portfolio list is we have to figure out how to go get back in the anti-surface ship missile business. And then behind that, large and small diameter UUVs.”

    Director of Naval Reactors Adm. Frank Caldwell said at the same event last week that the Navy is pursuing adding anti-ship missiles back to its sub fleet to bring it in line with the rest of the world’s fleets.

    “For this audience, I’ll tell you we are considering that and we are taking some some steps to delivering that kind of capability to our submarine force and I can’t really say anymore than that,” he said.

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    Post  Militarov on Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:59 pm

    "The U.S. Navy on Tuesday underscored its desire to buy more Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in coming years to deal with higher-than-expected operational demands and past delays in the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet program. Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, director of air warfare for the U.S. chief of naval operations, told lawmakers that the Navy was working to speed up maintenance of older-model F/A-18s, but would also need to buy more new F/A-18E/F jets to avert a shortfall in strike fighters for its aircraft carriers. Manazir, testifying before the readiness subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, echoed a call earlier this year by former Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, who said the Navy would need two to three more squadrons of Super Hornets, or 24 to 36 more aircraft, to meet its needs.



    U.S. lawmakers are poised to approve the purchase of 12 F/A-18E/Fs in fiscal 2016, which began Oct. 1. Manazir said problems could be avoided if the Navy bought more Super Hornets in both fiscal 2017 and 2018, and was able to start using an initial squadron of F-35 fighter jets as now planned in August 2018. F-35 delays forced the Navy several years ago to extend the service life of its older F/A-18C Hornets from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours, a project that turned out to be more intensive and take much longer than expected. Manazir's comments spell good news for Boeing, which needs more F/A-18E/F orders to extend its St. Louis production line beyond the end of 2017, when it is currently slated to end. Manazir said it would not make sense for the Navy to accelerate its purchases of F-35 C-model jets instead since work had not been completed on the required Block 3F software needed for the jets to carry all the weapons required by the Navy.

    Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley reassured lawmakers that the F-35C aircraft the Navy is buying in fiscal 2016 would be delivered in 2018 with the needed software package. Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said it was premature to comment on Manazir's comments since the Pentagon is still finalizing its fiscal 2017 budget plans. If Congress finalizes the order of 12 jets in fiscal 2016, the Boeing F/A-18 production line will extend through mid-2018, while an expected order of 28 more jets from Kuwait could push production out until 2019 or beyond."


    Unusually big last minute orders last few years and this of F18 derivates for USN air wing, seems like they are trying to get as more Hornets as they can before F35 hits the fan, coz something actually needs to fly Very Happy

    Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/04/us-boeing-fighter-idUSKCN0ST04K20151104#TeL1LwJVEvkrFFpU.99

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:54 pm

    Pentagon Confirms Submarine Missile Test in Pacific

    Navy launches a second nuclear-capable Trident on day two

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    Post  George1 on Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:40 pm

    US Navy Orders $36.7Mln Computer Upgrade to Aegis Missile Defense Systems

    The US Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $36.7 million contract to upgrade Aegis anti-aircraft and anti-missile tracking systems with a new computer program.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy has awarded defense contractor Lockheed Martin a $36.7 million contract to upgrade Aegis anti-aircraft and anti-missile tracking systems with a new computer program, the Department of Defense announced.

    "Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $36,727,286 modification… contract… for Aegis Modernization Advanced Capability Build engineering," the announcement stated on Monday.

    The Aegis is an integrated anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense system built by Lockheed Martin that uses computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy its targets.

    The scheduled modernization will provide upgrades to Aegis cruisers and destroyers, and will be applicable to all ships equipped with Aegis systems, according to the Defense Department.

    China has warned that the US Navy’s deployment of Aegis systems in the Pacific region could jeopardize Beijing’s strategic deterrent.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20151117/1030231940/us-navy-upgrades-aegis-computers.html#ixzz3rkgPltKg


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    Post  max steel on Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:57 am

    USN to commission its third Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship


    USS Truman first carrier to install Afloat Fab Lab



    Nice and innovative . Fab Lab a small-scale technical workshop comprised of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools, including 3-D printing technology. Navy officials say the workshop will help sailors become more innovative.

    "Ten years from now, these 3D printers may be standard equipment on ships," said Truman Maintenance Officer Cmdr. Al Palmer in a statement. "We look forward to seeing how our Sailors respond to this new capability."

    In addition to 3-D printing technology, Truman's new lab consists of a desktop Computerized Numerical Control mill, a large flat screen monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. The printer is capable of building objects of a variety of sizes and shapes from polymers. Truman sailors have been training in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center's Fab Lab since November 10, familiarizing themselves with 3-D rendering programs, soldering basics, and electronic component instruction.

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    "Sea Wars" trailer by USS Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier crew Smile

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    Post  max steel on Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:51 am

    The Old Man of the Sea: 2040 US Battle Fleet Won't Have Changed Since 1990


    In an attempt to forecast what the US Navy fleet will look like in 25 years, US military analyst Captain Michael Junge arrives at an unsettling conclusion: “in the end, the bulk of the US battle fleet in 2040 will not only look just like the fleet in 2015, but also just like the fleet in 1990.”

    Captain Junge has reprimanded the US Navy for failing to modernize and radically upgrade its existing battle fleet.

    “For those seeking to right the future, the first step in fixing a problem is recognizing there is one. The second is to act. The US military is capable of identifying issues, but seems stuck on the second step," he wrote in his article for War on the Rocks, a military analysis website.

    Instead of developing new, highly capable vessels, the command of the US Navy focuses on “slightly modified repeats of previous, modest successes and in some cases continuing failures,” he lamented.

    “Take for example the replacement for two of the Navy’s amphibious connectors, the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) and the Landing Craft Utility (LCU). The current LCU was designed in the 1960s as an iterative improvement on World War II-era models and built in the 1970s,” he said.



    “After a series of aborted attempts at faster, innovative, modern designs, the expected replacement now looks to be nothing more than an incremental improvement over the current ship. While more modern, the new landing craft utility retains the basic hull shape, propulsion, and capability of its 40-year-old predecessor. Newer, perhaps. Modern, most definitely not.”

    The same applies to the LCAC and her replacement, the Ship to Shore Connector (SSC).

    “The 21st-century SSC is essentially a rebuild of a hovercraft developed in the 1970s. In neither case does the new platform provide improvement in capability, capacity, speed, reliability, numbers, or cost.”


    This problem replicates itself across the fleet, the expert laments, providing as an example the replacement of the LSD-41 amphibious dock landing ship and amphibious assault ships Tarawa-class (LHA-1) and Wasp (LHD-1).
    “Like the LCU, the basic hull form remains the same through five decades. There have been minor modifications around aviation fuel, the location of the combat information center, optimization for LCAC operations, and an internal maintenance space for the MV-22 Osprey. Yet from only a mile or two away, the old ship is nearly indistinguishable from its replacement.”

    With such an attitude towards the replacement of its aging fleet, the expert predicts that “in the end, the bulk of the US battle fleet in 2040 will not only look just like the fleet in 2015, but also just like the fleet in 1990.”

    Meanwhile, he says, foreign navies are moving forward with innovative approaches. He concludes by urging those in charge to “stop talking and start doing”.

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    Post  max steel on Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:33 pm

    This is America's new $13 billion warship


    $13 billion and still not wired for network centric warfare tongue



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    General Dynamics receives Virginia-class submarine contract modification



    The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $102.8 million contract modification to develop Virginia-class attack submarines.Virginia-class submarines are also fitted for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations, in addition to mine warfare. Virginia-class vessels are one of three classes of attack submarines in service in the U.S. Navy, which also includes the Los Angeles class and the Seawolf class

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    Post  max steel on Fri Nov 27, 2015 3:26 pm

    2 SEALs Drowned in Pool While Holding Breath Against Guidelines

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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:36 pm

    In the United States began testing new anti-ship missiles

    The magazine "Jane's Missiles & Rockets" publishes an article by Richard Scott "First free-flight test for Harpoon Block II +" and "LRASM begins Super Hornet flight testing", which reported that the US Navy began flight tests of two types of new aircraft anti-ship missiles - Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II + and Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM).

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    USN upgrades EA-18G with long-range targeting system


    The US Navy has decided to upgrade the Boeing EA-18G Growler with a new datalink and other systems that allow the aircraft to identify vessels at long-range without using radar, Boeing announced on 1 December.

    The retrofit and forward fit decision for the Rockwell Collins tactical targeting network technology (TTNT) datalink comes after the new identification capability was validated during the FLEX 2015 fleet experiment.

    “This enhanced targeting capability provides our aircrews with a significant advantage, especially in an increasingly designs threat environment where longer-range targeting is critical to the fight,” US Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G programme manager Capt David Kindley said in a statement provided by Boeing.

    Naval officials first disclosed the new capability for the Growler fleet last August, unveiling a new development in a decades-old game of adversaries using new techniques to elude and enable electronic identification.

    The EA-18G already can use an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar – the Raytheon APG-79 – to identify targets at long-range, but using that emitter exposes the aircraft to detection by the intended target’s radar warning systems.

    Alternatively, a set of wingtip-mounted electronic receivers – the Northrop Grumman ALQ-218 – also has used a processing technique called long baseline interferometry to identify targets. That technique keeps the EA-18G electronically stealthy, but it only works at short ranges.

    More recently, however, the navy has been testing a new system enabled by the high-bandwidth TTNT datalink, a faster targeting processor with an open architecture.

    The ALQ-218 receivers on each EA-18G first detect electronic signals emitting from a target. Then, the faster processor uses time difference of arrival techniques to determine the location of the emitter. That information is then shared with other EA-18Gs and the Northrop E-2D Advanced Hawkeye using the TTNT and open architecture-based processors. That combined processing power allows the group of aircraft to positively identify targets at long-range.

    “This long-range targeting technology is essential as we advance electronic attack capabilities for the conflicts of today and tomorrow,” says Dan Gillian, Boeing’s vice-president for F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes.

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    "Dec 7 The U.S. Navy needs to "get going" on a new, unmanned armed aircraft that can operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier, U.S. Chief of Naval of Operations Admiral John Richardson said on Monday. He said the Navy's long-delayed Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) effort was a "prime candidate" for a new approach aimed at speeding up acquisition programs and benefiting from field experience. "That's a prime candidate for trying to get something out there ... so that we can learn how to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle from a carrier," Richardson said after an event hosted by the U.S. Naval Institute. He added that the new aircraft would also "serve a real purpose ... beyond experimentation."

    A U.S. Navy official last month told Reuters the Navy would map out the future of the new carrier-based drone as part of its fiscal 2017 budget proposal, with an initial focus on surveillance, the approach long favored by the Navy. Northrop Grumman Corp, which makes the X-47B unmanned, unarmed plane that has been tested on U.S. carriers, Boeing Corp, Lockheed Martin Corp and privately held General Atomics have spent tens of millions of dollars to prepare for the competition, only to see it delayed repeatedly.



    Richardson said unmanned vehicles - for the air, the surface and underwater - are a key priority for the U.S. Navy and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who he said was "adamant about getting this moving." The UCLASS program, one of few new U.S.
    aircraft programs, has been on hold pending a Pentagon-wide review of intelligence and surveillance programs that has taken much longer than expected. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Dan Grebler)."

    Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-navy-drones-idUSL1N13W18I20151207#0EG5i0uqoz66hyRj.97

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