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    Post  AlfaT8 on Thu May 19, 2016 10:22 pm

    max steel wrote:U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system

    In the testing, the system took out several targets in a variety of scenarios, including one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers. The targets were intercepted with Rolling Airframe Block 2 missiles.

    "SeaRAM achieved a new level of success, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "The system demonstrated once again that it can provide the sophisticated protection warfighters need."

    The tests were conducted on the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of Southern California.

    SeaRAM is the development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Weapon System, replacing the 20mm Phalanx gun system with an 11-missile RAM launcher assembly. It combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high-resolution search-and-track sensor systems and quick-response capability against close-in and extended range threats.


    US is too confident in one system and being cheap is going to cost them later not using the Phalanx also for redundancy,back up, layered affects, as well as other reasons. CIWS can only protect for approximately 1 nautical mile (2000 yards). SeaRAM provides a close in protection at 5 - 11 NM (10,000) yards. Not as proficient as the old Sea Sparrow, with a slightly better range, but the war head is different.



    When did they develop supersonic AnSh missiles??
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Militarov on Thu May 19, 2016 10:36 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    max steel wrote:U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system

    In the testing, the system took out several targets in a variety of scenarios, including one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers. The targets were intercepted with Rolling Airframe Block 2 missiles.

    "SeaRAM achieved a new level of success, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "The system demonstrated once again that it can provide the sophisticated protection warfighters need."

    The tests were conducted on the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of Southern California.

    SeaRAM is the development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Weapon System, replacing the 20mm Phalanx gun system with an 11-missile RAM launcher assembly. It combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high-resolution search-and-track sensor systems and quick-response capability against close-in and extended range threats.


    US is too confident in one system and being cheap is going to cost them later not using the Phalanx also for redundancy,back up, layered affects, as well as other reasons. CIWS can only protect for approximately 1 nautical mile (2000 yards). SeaRAM provides a close in protection at 5 - 11 NM (10,000) yards. Not as proficient as the old Sea Sparrow, with a slightly better range, but the war head is different.



    When did they develop supersonic AnSh missiles??

    Its not anti-ship missile, at least not in its primary role, it can be used aganist surface targets but its extremly limited in that role. Its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, used for ships SHORAD.

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    Post  max steel on Thu May 19, 2016 10:55 pm

    They have dummies based on Russian Supersonic Ashm's like Sunburn for example. Even French Navy intercepted supersonic Ashms.


    USN to deploy new tube-launched UAV

    The US Navy is to deploy a newly developed tube-launched unmanned air vehicle, able to launch from below or above the surface of the ocean from either a manned or unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Thu May 19, 2016 10:58 pm

    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    max steel wrote:U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system

    In the testing, the system took out several targets in a variety of scenarios, including one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers. The targets were intercepted with Rolling Airframe Block 2 missiles.

    "SeaRAM achieved a new level of success, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "The system demonstrated once again that it can provide the sophisticated protection warfighters need."

    The tests were conducted on the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of Southern California.

    SeaRAM is the development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Weapon System, replacing the 20mm Phalanx gun system with an 11-missile RAM launcher assembly. It combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high-resolution search-and-track sensor systems and quick-response capability against close-in and extended range threats.


    US is too confident in one system and being cheap is going to cost them later not using the Phalanx also for redundancy,back up, layered affects, as well as other reasons. CIWS can only protect for approximately 1 nautical mile (2000 yards). SeaRAM provides a close in protection at 5 - 11 NM (10,000) yards. Not as proficient as the old Sea Sparrow, with a slightly better range, but the war head is different.



    When did they develop supersonic AnSh missiles??

    Its not anti-ship missile, at least not in its primary role, it can be used aganist surface targets but its extremly limited in that role. Its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, used for ships SHORAD.


    No, what i meant was the "two supersonic missiles" that it shot down.
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Fri May 20, 2016 12:30 am

    HAAWC enables the P-8 to track and kill enemy submarines from high altitudes

    The HAAWC, which stands for High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability, is an add-on kit for the Navy’s Mark 54 lightweight torpedo that gives the weapon the ability to glide through the air high above the clouds. Boeing is aiming to have the technology on the Navy’s submarine-hunting P-8 in 2017.




    US ASW Skil : http://www.russiadefence.net/t4301p100-india-and-russia-joint-military-projects-news#134896
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Militarov on Fri May 20, 2016 2:08 am

    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    max steel wrote:U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system

    In the testing, the system took out several targets in a variety of scenarios, including one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers. The targets were intercepted with Rolling Airframe Block 2 missiles.

    "SeaRAM achieved a new level of success, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "The system demonstrated once again that it can provide the sophisticated protection warfighters need."

    The tests were conducted on the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of Southern California.

    SeaRAM is the development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Weapon System, replacing the 20mm Phalanx gun system with an 11-missile RAM launcher assembly. It combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high-resolution search-and-track sensor systems and quick-response capability against close-in and extended range threats.


    US is too confident in one system and being cheap is going to cost them later not using the Phalanx also for redundancy,back up, layered affects, as well as other reasons. CIWS can only protect for approximately 1 nautical mile (2000 yards). SeaRAM provides a close in protection at 5 - 11 NM (10,000) yards. Not as proficient as the old Sea Sparrow, with a slightly better range, but the war head is different.



    When did they develop supersonic AnSh missiles??

    Its not anti-ship missile, at least not in its primary role, it can be used aganist surface targets but its extremly limited in that role. Its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, used for ships SHORAD.


    No, what i meant was the "two supersonic missiles" that it shot down.

    Ah, my bad then, well i anyways have answer for you.

    GQM-163 Coyote is training platform for US Navy.

    https://www.orbitalatk.com/flight-systems/missile-defense-systems/ascm-targets/docs/BR06007_3862%20Coyote_R3.pdf
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  AlfaT8 on Fri May 20, 2016 8:23 pm

    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    Militarov wrote:
    AlfaT8 wrote:
    max steel wrote:U.S. Navy tests Raytheon's SeaRAM system

    In the testing, the system took out several targets in a variety of scenarios, including one in which two supersonic missiles were inbound simultaneously, flying in complex, evasive maneuvers. The targets were intercepted with Rolling Airframe Block 2 missiles.

    "SeaRAM achieved a new level of success, intercepting targets under high-stress conditions," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "The system demonstrated once again that it can provide the sophisticated protection warfighters need."

    The tests were conducted on the Navy's Self Defense Test Ship off the coast of Southern California.

    SeaRAM is the development of key attributes of the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System and the Rolling Airframe Missile Guided Weapon System, replacing the 20mm Phalanx gun system with an 11-missile RAM launcher assembly. It combines RAM's superior accuracy, extended range and high maneuverability with the Phalanx Block 1B's high-resolution search-and-track sensor systems and quick-response capability against close-in and extended range threats.


    US is too confident in one system and being cheap is going to cost them later not using the Phalanx also for redundancy,back up, layered affects, as well as other reasons. CIWS can only protect for approximately 1 nautical mile (2000 yards). SeaRAM provides a close in protection at 5 - 11 NM (10,000) yards. Not as proficient as the old Sea Sparrow, with a slightly better range, but the war head is different.



    When did they develop supersonic AnSh missiles??

    Its not anti-ship missile, at least not in its primary role, it can be used aganist surface targets but its extremly limited in that role. Its RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2, used for ships SHORAD.


    No, what i meant was the "two supersonic missiles" that it shot down.

    Ah, my bad then, well i anyways have answer for you.

    GQM-163 Coyote is training platform for US Navy.

    https://www.orbitalatk.com/flight-systems/missile-defense-systems/ascm-targets/docs/BR06007_3862%20Coyote_R3.pdf

    thanks man. thumbsup
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    Post  JohninMK on Wed May 25, 2016 7:12 pm

    Lockheed Martin claims that its guidance and control systems will greatly improve the MK 48 torpedoes' effectiveness and provide the weapon with advanced counter-measure capabilities.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Navy is expected to order up to 250 of the heaviest, self-guided torpedoes in the next five years, which will be steered toward enemy targets by an advanced sonar system, defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced in a press release on Monday.

    Lockheed noted it will provide the sonar-based guidance systems for the torpedoes under a $475 million contract with the Navy.

    "The Lockheed Martin guidance and control systems will equip the heavyweight torpedoes with increased bandwidth and streamlined targeting and tracking capabilities," the release explained. "These systems will increase the MK 48's effectiveness and provide advanced counter-measure capabilities."

    The MK 48 is described as a heavyweight torpedo that can be launched from virtually all military submarines. It has the ability to track and destroy surface ships, and other submarines in shallow water and at depths of more than 1,000 feet.

    The Navy could potentially order up to 250 MK 48s in the next five years for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, the release noted.


    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20160525/1040245347/navy-torpedo-guidance-systems-purchase.html#ixzz49gl1bdVB
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Thu May 26, 2016 1:25 am

    SeaRAM is a 11-shot magazine. If double or triple-tapping to ensure a missile-kill, it is good for 3-5 incomings. If there is a 6 inbound, there might be problem. Also, SeaRAM is a modified sidewinder (which originally was intended for larger and slower-to-respond fighter plane). At mach 2+ speed, it is same or slower than the latest supersonic ASCM (such as Klub, Brahmos, or YJ-18) with manoeuvrable terminal phase. Can a '180-lb defensive back' running full speed and head-on at a bobbing and charging '250-lb running back' and trying to stop it? I don't see many tackles made that way (head on, full speed, and 1-on-1)

    SeaRAM is a rotating missile like a bullet out of rifle. That mean there is added rotational inertia it must overcome if it wants to keep up with a weave-and-bob incoming.

    The Sidewinder was originally designed to zoom up the exhaust port of a larger, and less manoeuvrable target going, more or less, in the same direction (that means, the net closing speed is the missile speed itself ~mach 2). Here we are talking about a combine closing speed of Mach 4-5 against a much smaller (and presumably harder jinking) target.

    btw, I just wiki 'sidewinder missile', and look at its kill ratio,

    "The Sidewinder is the most widely used missile in the West, with more than 110,000 missiles produced for the U.S. and 27 other nations, of which perhaps one percent have been used in combat. It has been built under license by some other nations including Sweden. The AIM-9 is one of the oldest, least expensive, and most successful air-to-air missiles, with an estimated 270 aircraft kills in its history of use. "

    That means 1100 missiles fired for 270 kills. A 4:1 kill ratio. That means, of the SeaRAM's 11-shot magazine, it can statistically kill 2-3 attacking fighters from rear end...this looks worse and worse as I type. I think the Navy owes taxpayer a real scenario of shooting 2 inbounding supersonic target drones, and see if 11 missiles can knock down 2.
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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sun May 29, 2016 11:24 pm

    U.S. Naval Aviation’s Readiness Crisis

    The U.S. Navy’s strike fighter squadrons are in dire straits with only one out of three Boeing F/A-18 Hornet airframes being ready for war at any given time. In order to meet its operational requirements, the service is routinely raiding squadrons that are not deployed to secure enough jets for the air wings at are about to go to sea.

    “If I have to ensure that I have ten like strike fighters are in a single squadron on that aircraft carrier and they need the same capability, I will tax units that are back here at home,” Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command testified before the House Armed Services Committee on May 26. “If I need ten forward, I do routinely operate four aircraft in squadrons in the rear.”

    Within the Navy, only one out of four Hornets is fully mission capable. “That one in four is currently deployed,” Capt. Randy Stearns, Commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic told the committee. “The other three in four are the aircraft that are back in the maintenance phase or going through another FRP [fleet response plan].”

    The Navy currently has four air wings that are ready for war, but it has no ability to surge any additional forces. In previous years, it would have taken the Navy about 90 days to ready another air wing for deployment—now it takes roughly three times as long. If tasked to surge another air wing, Stearns said that it would take between six months and a year to gather enough aircraft and pilots to get another air wing ready for war. “There is no chance of getting those ready,” Stearns said. “There is nothing to pull from in the back, we’ve already put everything forward. There’s nothing left.”

    Though cannibalization of operational Hornets is a last resort, such measures are now routine throughout the fleet, Stearns said. And its not just the legacy A through D model Hornets, the newer, more capable Super Hornets have also been suffering from a lack of spare spares over the last three years due to automatic sequestration budget cuts. “We’ve never caught up,” Stearns said.

    Part of the problem was caused by repeated delays to the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter—but also wartime usage of the Hornet fleet, Stearns said. As a result, the service has a backlog in its depots of older Hornets because those facilities were never intended to extend the life of the F/A-18 airframe past 6000 hours. The service is now flying those older aircraft—of which the service has five remaining squadrons—out to 10,000 hours, far longer than anticipated.

    Moreover, the Navy—because of the F-35C’s continual delays—was forced to transition additional squadrons onto the Super Hornet by raiding its attrition reserves. “We’ve transitioned about 10 squadrons of Super Hornets unexpectedly to get out of legacy and also to meet the gap for the JSF just to meet operational demands,” Stearns said. “So now we’re taxing hours and utilization on our attrition aircraft.”

    The Navy needs more aircraft to either come off the Boeing production line or to come out of depot overhaul. But it’s not even just the deployed forces; the Navy cannot shortchange its fleet replacement squadrons—its “seed-corn”—that trains new aviators to fly the Hornet. “We’re chewing up about 40 aircraft worth of hours a month and if we’re not buying that much or putting that much through the depot – we’re falling behind,” Stearns said.

    The lack of fully combat-capable Hornets—both classic and Super—is damaging the Navy’s overall readiness and training. Indeed, the situation is so bad that the Navy will be forced to reduce the flying hours for one of its non-deployed air wings (CVW-1) to zero to make up for the shortfall—and save money. In other words—the Navy will shut down an entire air wing for four months.

    However, the proposal—if enacted—will have a devastating readiness impact on that air wing and its pilots and maintainers. “Never going to get those hours back,” Stearns said—noting there are knock-on impacts to overall fleet readiness that will occur as result of such a “cold iron” shutdown.

    But while naval aviation seems to be on the verge of collapse—the Navy’s surface ships and submarines are not doing much better. Indeed, even the newest and most capable Navy warships are being cannibalized so that other vessels can put to sea. Effectively, the Navy is facing what can only be described as a readiness disaster.

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    Post  Militarov on Mon May 30, 2016 12:05 am

    "Two U.S. Navy warplanes collided off the North Carolina coast on Thursday and crashed in the Atlantic, where the four crew were rescued by a commercial fishing boat and flown by helicopter to a Virginia hospital, the Coast Guard said.

    The two F/A-18 fighter jets belonged to strike fighter squadron VFA-211, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, officials said. The crew members appeared to be in good condition, MSNBC reported, adding that one person had a leg injury.

    "We had three Coast Guard helicopters, one Coast Guard C-130, naval vessel Mesa Verde, all involved in the rescue effort," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said.

    The fishing boat Tammy recovered some of the crew about 25 miles (40 km) east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, the Coast Guard said.

    A Coast Guard helicopter from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, flew to the fishing vessel, hoisted the Navy fliers aboard and took them to Norfolk Sentara General hospital, the Coast Guard said.

    Local TV images showed a second U.S. Coast Guard helicopter arriving at the local hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Two service members wearing olive green jumpsuits and white helmets were seen walking without assistance toward the hospital alongside medical staff. (Reporting by Idrees Ali, David Alexander, Suzannah Gonzales, Letitia Stein, Susan Heavey and Megan Cassella; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Alan Crosby)"

    Source: http://wncy.com/news/articles/2016/may/26/us-coast-guard-seeks-downed-military-planes-near-north-carolina-coast/
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    Post  Militarov on Tue May 31, 2016 2:55 am

    "The U.S. Marine Corps’ newest helicopter, the CH-53K, completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    Envelope expansion tests will continue with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and then on to the CH-53K’s requirement, a 27,000-lb. external payload.

    The first two CH-53K heavy lift helicopters achieved their first flights on October 27, 2015, and January 22, 2016, respectively. To date these helicopters have achieved over 50 flight hours combined including one flight at speeds over 140 knots. The third and fourth King Stallion aircraft will join the flight test program this summer.



    As the King Stallion flight test program proceeds, both of the current flying aircraft will be exercised to expand the external load envelope. Initial external payloads weighing 12,000 pounds will be flown first in hover and then incrementally to speeds up to 120 knots. The aircraft will then carry 20,000 and 27,000 pound external payloads.

    The CH-53K King Stallion is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The design features three 7,500 shp(5,590 kW) engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider aircraft cabin than previous CH-53 variants. It will be the largest and heaviest helicopter in the U.S. military."


    Source: http://defence-blog.com/news/ch-53k-heavy-lift-helicopters-completes-first-20k-lift.html
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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:52 am

    New U.S. Navy Transport Osprey Will Reach an Insane 280 Miles Per Hour

    The Navy is in the early stages of building its own variant of the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to perform its critical Carrier-Onboard-Delivery mission to delivery forces, supplies and weapons to forward-stationed ships at sea.

    The service plans to procure 44 new CMV-22B Ospreys for the COD mission, replacing the 1960’s era C-2 Greyhound aircraft.

    Unlike the C-2 fixed wing aircraft, which requires a catapult to lift off of the deck of a carrier, the Osprey tiltrotor can both reach airplane speeds of 220mph and also hover like a helicopter such that it can come in for vertical landings on the carrier deck.

    “280mph is the maximum speed,” Rick Lemaster, Director for Business Development, Bell Boeing, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

    The Navy has contracted Bell-Boeing to develop the engineering changes needed to meet this range requirement, as well as the other changes, to enable the CMV-22B to fulfill Navy's COD mission.
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    Post  GarryB on Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:00 pm

    Hahahahaha... and when those transport aircraft are moving at 280mph what will be supporting them and giving them top cover?

    AH-64s will be too slow and F-35 will burn a lot of fuel flying at such low speed...


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    Post  Militarov on Wed Jun 01, 2016 12:33 pm

    GarryB wrote:Hahahahaha... and when those transport aircraft are moving at 280mph what will be supporting them and giving them top cover?

    AH-64s will be too slow and F-35 will burn a lot of fuel flying at such low speed...

    Well normally over sea they would fly from supply ships to forward deployed forces so they will rarely require aerial support, most likely would fly most of the time under own shipborne air defences, and when they would it would be given from high altitude on aircrafts "normal" speeds, they would fly circles over transport routes.
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    Post  max steel on Thu Jun 02, 2016 4:45 pm

    U.S. Navy's New Lethal Torpedo Is Almost Ready


    The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are restarting production of the latest version of the Mk-48 heavyweight torpedo. The new Mod 7 version— which is being upgraded under the Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) program—will help the Navy’s attack boats take on the threat from advanced Russian and Chinese-built ships and submarines.

    “The latest guidance and control technologies for Mk-48 torpedo are thanks in part to Lockheed Martin’s $10 million investment in manufacturing efficiencies, facilities, and laboratories to ensure navies can pace the threats in littoral and deep sea environments,” said Tom Jarbeau, Lockheed Martin Mk-48 program director. “We are building on our five decades of experience in undersea systems and our strong record of providing complex electronic systems to our customers on schedule and on budget.”

    Lockheed Martin developed the new version of the Mk-48 under a five-year $425 million contract that was awarded in 2011. While the Mod 7 upgrade will be applied to new torpedoes, it can also be used to upgrade older weapons to the new standard. Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 20 Mod 7 CBASS kits to the Navy per month. The company expects that it could sell as many as 250 torpedoes to the Navy over the next five years.

    Compared to older versions of the venerable Mk-48, the new modular Mod 7 variant increases sonar bandwidth. It can transmit and receive pings over a wider frequency band and it takes advantage of broadband signal processing techniques to greatly improve the weapon’s search, acquisition and attack effectiveness. The new weapon is also much more resistant to advanced enemy counter-measures. Perhaps most significantly, the Mod 7 uses modern open-architecture computers, which means it will be easier to integrate new hardware and software upgrades.

    The new upgrades will keep the venerable 21-inch diameter, 3500lbs weapon—which incorporates a 650lbs warhead—relevant well into the future. The original version of the weapon was designed during the 1960s and entered service in 1971 with the U.S. Navy. Over the years the Mk-48 has been upgraded many times and remains the principal anti-ship and anti-submarine weapon onboard American submarines—and indeed many allied navies. Versions of the Mk-48 are in service with the Canadian, Australian, Dutch and Brazilian fleets.

    The Mk-48 will remain the U.S. submarine fleet’s primary weapon for the foreseeable future.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Jun 03, 2016 12:42 pm

    Well normally over sea they would fly from supply ships to forward deployed forces so they will rarely require aerial support...

    So landing troops in forward areas don't require attack helo support... are they really that fast? Razz


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    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:14 pm

    Submarine Launched Blackwing Drone to Enable Strikes in Denied, Contested Environment




    The U.S. Navy plans to deploy unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on board submarines, to provide covert intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition to support special operations and full-scale warfare, on sub-surface and surface operations. According to the Navy’s plans, attack and guided missile submarine will be equipped with a miniature UAS known as ‘Blackwing,’ produced by Aerovironment Inc. The Navy plans to buy 150 such systems. The company introduced the new unmanned vehicle at the Sea Air Space event in Washington DC.

    Typical operation will see the Blacking deployed in the vicinity of targets in contested or denied airspace, where activities of other manned or unmanned platforms would be too risky. From its forward position, the Blackwing will provide target acquisition and battle damage assessment, in support of strikes performed from stand-off range.

    Blackwing is believed to be a derivative of Aerovironment’s Switchblade Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS), redesigned to fit the submarine’s 3” torpedo decoy launcher. It was developed under the Navy’s Advanced Weapons Enhanced by Submarine UAS against Mobile targets (AWESUM) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) launched in 2013. During the demonstration phase (2013-2015) the AWESUM “demonstrates submarine launch, data sharing and control across naval, special operations and air-force units,” the Navy announcement. This JCTD ended in September 2015 with a strong recommendation to transition the capability into the fleet.

    The Navy also plans to evolve the submarine-launched drone concept with larger vehicles, launched through 21” torpedo tubes. In 2013, the Navy Research Lab (NRL) demonstrated a submerged launch of the Sea Robin UAV, from a modified Tomahawk cruise missile canister.

    According to Aerovironment, The Blackwing drone is not limited to a submarine platform, and can also be integrated with and deployed from a variety of surface vessels and mobile ground vehicles to provide rapid response reconnaissance capabilities.
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    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:24 am

    GarryB wrote:
    Well normally over sea they would fly from supply ships to forward deployed forces so they will rarely require aerial support...

    So landing troops in forward areas don't require attack helo support... are they really that fast?  Razz

    Flying from supply ship to landing ships near shore, those would provide further payload deployment and support, they wouldnt fly supply missions ashore with these probably unless its safe. But where their speed would count, above sea they will be safe most of the time.
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    Post  Militarov on Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:24 am

    Delays with the F-35 program has forced the U.S. Marine Corps to bring 30 legacy Hornets out from the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to cover shortfalls, Jane’s reported.
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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:29 pm

    Noticed a strange design feature on this LCS compared to a 'normal' bridge as per the destroyer behind it. Although it has an angled bridge there are no side looking bridge windows. They have to open the door.


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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:12 pm

    An article from last month with a US view on the Chinese DF-21D and forthcoming DF-26 anti ship missiles. The article seems balanced but the comments are..........well it is a US site.

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-df-26-anti-ship-ballistic-missile-what-does-the-16260


    Also a 'journalists' view on the top 5 attack submarines of the Cold War, one from each of US/UK/Germany and two from Russia. Only 13 comments with what seems to be a Russian poster standing his ground.

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-five-best-submarines-the-cold-war-10314
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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:16 am

    JohninMK wrote:An article from last month with a US view on the Chinese DF-21D and forthcoming DF-26 anti ship missiles. The article seems balanced but the comments are..........well it is a US site.

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-df-26-anti-ship-ballistic-missile-what-does-the-16260


    Also a 'journalists' view on the top 5 attack submarines of the Cold War, one from each of US/UK/Germany and two from Russia. Only 13 comments with what seems to be a Russian poster standing his ground.

    http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-five-best-submarines-the-cold-war-10314

    The National Interest magazine seriously--most of its publications are wet dreams of "professionals" from political pseudo-science and technophile amateurs who love those big guns and sexy planes. But once in a while even TNI publishes a  good piece.
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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:41 pm

    Navy helicopter crashes in river

    An MH-60S helicopter crashed in the James River in Virginia during a training mission Tuesday but all crew members were rescued, the Navy said.

    The three crew members were taken to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth with non-life threatening injuries, the Navy said in a press release, while adding that the helicopter was based at Norfolk Navy Station Chambers Field.

    The Navy announced an investigation to look into Tuesday's incident in Virginia to determine its cause.
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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:28 pm

    Boeing confident of extending Super Hornet and Growler production

    Boeing anticipates an extension of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler production lines as a result of an increased operational tempo by the US Navy (USN) and strong international interest in procuring the platform, company officials told reporters on 10 June.

    Speaking at Boeing's Global Sustainment and Support (GS&S) site at Cecil Field in northern Florida, Dan Gillian, Vice President of the F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes, said that, with the USN burning through airframe hours at a far higher rate than originally intended and with additional exports expected in the near term, the company is confident of extending production from the current mid-2018 cut-off point through into the next decade.

    "I believe that we will continue to build new Hornets and Growlers. We have slowed production down to two aircraft per month, and we will keep it at that level through to mid-2018. There is strong domestic and international demand that we see sustaining production through to the mid-2020s," Gillian said.

    The US Navy's current programme of record is for 568 Super Hornets and 160 Growlers. As Gillian noted, however, the service has identified a 'Super Hornet shortfall' that will materialise in the 2030s/2040s as aircraft prematurely reach the end of their 6,000 hour airframe lives owing to the high operational tempo being flown today. To try and mitigate this, additional aircraft have already been requested in the fiscal year defence budget, and Gillian expressed his confidence that these will be approved.

    On the international front, Gillian noted that a deal with Kuwait is currently going through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process with the US government and should be finalised in the not-too-distant future. Current legacy Hornet operator Finland has issued a request for proposals (RfP) that Boeing is preparing its response to, as has Belgium. Spain, which also now flies the Hornet, is in the early stages of a fighter procurement project for which Boeing will bid the Super Hornet, while India and Canada are being offered the platform to fulfil their respective requirements also.

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