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    Post  max steel on Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:36 pm

    BAE Railgun Test on JHSV Trenton on 2016 plan





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    Next year Naval Sea Systems Command will conduct the first at sea test of its electromagnetic railgun, hurling a guided 44 pound projectile and hypersonic speeds off the coast of Florida, NAVSEA officials said on Tuesday .

    The test will validate the assumptions the Navy has made in the decades-old pursuit of the railgun not only as a long range weapon to support troops ashore but start testing new ideas of using the weapon as an anti-surface warfare (ASUW) weapon, a ballistic missile defense (BMD) tool and as a close in weapon system for cruise missile threats.NAVSEA outlined the expanded mission set for the railgun — beyond naval surface fire support — in a request for information issued earlier this year.

    Traditionally, the Navy has used missiles to intercept targets but the railgun promises similar results for less money.“There’s a tradition that every time an enemy throws a threat at us our counter to that threat is one order more of magnitude expensive than the threat costs. This is a technology where we’re engaging threats at similar probabilities of kill for a cost that’s about two orders of magnitude less,” Ziv said.
    “Looking that the missions sets the railgun will be able to achieve the ship or land based facility, it will be able to store a lot more rounds and consummate a lot more engagements than a traditional missile-type system.”

    NAVSEA is also working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to create a modular railgun system for both at sea and on land.

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    Post  max steel on Mon Apr 27, 2015 12:06 pm

    MAKE THIS THREAD ACTIVE FELLAS !Suspect

    Drone Swarms: How the US Navy Plans to Fight Wars in 2016  

    Swarmbots’ could mean a new era in autonomous warfare

    http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/drone-swarms-how-the-us-navy-plans-to-fight-wars-in-2016/

      Last week, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a video showcasing the U.S. Navy’s latest technology for conducting autonomous warfare: LOCUST, or the Low-Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology program.

    The LOCUST system can launch up to 30 small pre-programmed drones out of a rocket-launcher type mechanism under a minute, the video illustrates. Once airborne, the drones start communicating with each other autonomously and begin to fly in formation either to reconnoiter or attack an enemy target. “The breakthrough technology  utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions,” an ONR press release said.

    The strategy behind “swarmbots” is simple: assault the adversary with a cloud of cheap and disposable drones and paralyze defenses by the sheer quantity of unmanned attackers in the air.

    In comparison to other air-attacks this can be done on the cheap. “Lowering costs is a major benefit of UAVs . Even hundreds of small autonomous UAVs cost less than a single tactical aircraft — and having this capability will force adversaries to focus on UAV swarm response,” ONR emphasizes.

    “The recent demonstrations are an important step on the way to the 2016 ship-based demonstration of 30 rapidly launched autonomous, swarming UAVs,” said ONR program manager Lee Mastroianni.“This level of autonomous swarming flight has never been done before. UAVs that are expendable and reconfigurable will free manned aircraft and traditional weapon systems to do more, and essentially multiply combat power at decreased risk to the warfighter,” he added.

    While this new generation of autonomous drones will be able to operate completely independently once launched, ONR is at pains to emphasize that there will always be a human monitoring the mission, able to step in and take control as desired.

    However, despite ONR citing a new “breakthrough technology,” one of the key obstacles remains communication with unmanned autonomous fighting systems, as many engineers acknowledge.

    As I reported last week (see: “’Unmanned Killer Robots’: A New Weapon in the US Navy’s Future Arsenal?”), the U.S. Marine Corps seeks inspiration from nature, particularly the way termites coordinate without communicating to address this problem.

    “Without communicating they sense the environment change around them, and they instinctively know which way to go,” Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea, head of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico notes. Termites release scents for other members of the hive to sniff, allowing each termite to react instinctively to danger.

    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has also been working on swarmbots for a while now with its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program, although in comparison to the prototype tube-launched LOCUST UAV no public demonstration has been given so far.

    For all those who are concerned about the ethical dilemma autonomous weapon systems will pose in the future, I recommend reading this study done by the Center for New American Security (CNAS) entitled “Meaningful Human Control in Weapon Systems.”  Autonomous warfare will most definitely pose various moral and ethical problems in the years ahead.    


    The strategy behind “swarmbots” is simple: assault the adversary with a cloud of cheap and disposable drones and paralyze defenses by the sheer quantity of unmanned attackers in the air." Apparently ONR forgot all the lessons learned from the national wargames the last decade.This is exactly what the Red Team was proposing the other side would be doing in the next 10-20 years.They can't afford to go head to head with the US on spending, so why not build swarms of unmanned systems. It doesn't even matter if they all work, they'll be cheap enough to be disposable dunno

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  GarryB on Tue Apr 28, 2015 3:19 am

    “The breakthrough technology utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions,” an ONR press release said.

    WOW... dem Ruskies wont have that sort of future technology till the 1980s...



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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:15 am

    Navy Tests New Software to Make it Easier to Land Jets on Carriers

    The United States Navy on Tuesday successfully field-tested its new software system for F-18 fighter jets, designed to make it easier for the aircraft to land on carriers at sea.

    A pilot landed an F-18 equipped with the aptly named “Magic Carpet” software program on the deck of the Navy's Nimitz-class supercarrier USS George H W Bush, naval-technology.com reported.
    An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator flies near the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

    "This underway marked the first use of the Magic Carpet technology on an aircraft carrier. This software greatly reduces misses and wave-offs, which translates into more time on-mission and makes us an overall more effective force,” said Navy Assistant Air Operations Officer Lieutenant Commander Dan Marzluff.

    The at-sea tests will continue, and follow recent successful land-based tests at Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.

    The software name is an acronym for Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies. The technology is slated to deploy by 2019 on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growler electronic jamming aircraft.

    The software maintains a commanded glideslope and angle of attack, allowing the pilot to concentrate on holding a proper line-up, the Navy said in a statement.

    “A pilot can take symbology on the HUD (heads up display) and he can move it to a symbol or a place on the flight deck and let go of the controls. The airplane knows with that symbol that is where I want to land. It will continually land on that spot,” explained Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, Director of Air Warfare.

    Pilots attempting to land on a carrier have to account for the speed of the aircraft speed and the ship, as well as weather. Magic Carpet reduces the number of adjustments the pilot must make while landing.

    “When we land an aircraft on an aircraft carrier, it is kind of a three connection thing,” Manazir said. “You see the deviation, you correct, you re-correct and then you correct one more time as you go so there you are kind of chasing the parameters.”

    “With Magic Carpet, the pilot can move the stick and move reference point and the stick does not have to re-correct. That is where the airplane is going to go. It is control-law software – and it actually moves the flight control surfaces to make that work to where the aircraft is going to go. It is not just symbology,” Manazir added.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150429/1021498660.html#ixzz3Ye1iaqb7

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  TR1 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:10 am

    GarryB wrote:
    “The breakthrough technology  utilizes information-sharing between the UAVs, enabling autonomous collaborative behavior in either defensive or offensive missions,” an ONR press release said.

    WOW... dem Ruskies wont have that sort of future technology till the 1980s...



    Granit...

    Apples and oranges.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Ivan the Colorado on Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:33 am

    George1 wrote:End of Top Gun? Navy Sees Future Not in F-35s, But in Unmanned Aircraft

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150417/1020996417.html#ixzz3XZQpjy3v

    Not surprising especially when considering the lighter, smaller, and most importantly cheaper design that UCAVs offer. US Navy Doctrine must be changing and understandably so when considering the last time the USN was tasked with achieving air supremacy by themselves.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:10 am

    Apples and oranges.

    Read the quote... the Soviets had that sort of datalink technology in the 1980s where a group of missiles would operate as a team and even adapt to battle damage and unexpected situations.

    The fact is that the US is trying to use it for a large number of weapons to penetrate a capable air defence system just makes it more alike... that is what Granit was designed for too.

    the difference is that the US wants to go small and light and cheap and in huge numbers, while the Soviet solution is to use very high speed to shorten the reaction time and low altitude flight to limit engagement time.


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Fri May 08, 2015 3:57 pm

    I guess its a good strategy by usa with that they can penetrate russian air defenses and chinese air defenses . Russian /Chinese air defense system cant engage against such huge swarm of bots all together successfully isn't it ?

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri May 08, 2015 8:48 pm

    max steel wrote:I guess its a good strategy by usa with that they can penetrate russian air defenses and chinese air defenses . Russian /Chinese air defense system cant engage against such huge swarm of bots all together successfully isn't it ?

    You don't have too, tactical and strategic ECM systems could defeat a large portion of PGM's before they even approach your airspace. The Russian's already have countless variations of ECM systems in service (probably more than any other country) for countering every known offensive weapon system imaginable.

    For example the Russians already have tactical ECM systems capable of making PGM's explode prematurely because they hit a 'target', which was actually a imaginary false targets. Also capable of making PGM's propulsion system malfunction, and drop out the sky.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sun May 10, 2015 12:23 am

    Are Guam Islands an occupied territory by US ?

    What advantage does it give to yanks having control over an island in pacific ? Can they place ABM shields there to shoot down Nuke missiles etc ( they did during north korea issue )? Gives them access to pacific just like china is making its own islands in S.china sea ?

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Ivan the Colorado on Sun May 10, 2015 4:18 am

    max steel wrote: Are Guam Islands an occupied territory by US ?

    What advantage does it give to yanks having control over an island in pacific ? Can they place ABM shields there to shoot down Nuke missiles etc ( they did during north korea issue )? Gives them access to pacific just like china is making its own islands in S.china sea ?
    Guam really isn't an occupied territory since it has been under US jurisdiction for over a century. To describe it differently, nowadays Guam is as American as Crimea is Russian.

    Guam offers the US a way to project its power into the Pacific Ocean. Oftentimes counteracting another major power in the area (e.g. Japan 1930s-1940s or China 1990s-????). A term that can be used to describe Guam's role for the US is an unskinable aircraft carrier: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsinkable_aircraft_carrier

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    Post  max steel on Wed May 20, 2015 1:27 pm

    Pentagon Launches Submarine-Tracking Unmanned 'Ghost Ships' This Fall


    Too much money to spend on perhaps . The Pentagon has moved one step closer toward its goal of creating an unmanned, autonomous patrol ship. Set to drift in the high seas, the robotic Sea Hunter will silently follow potentially hostile submarines.

    DARPA recently finished a six-week series of tests off the coast of Mississippi which proved a critical aspect of the boat was successful: it didn’t sink. To test the radar and navigation software, engineers sent the ACTUV through a maritime obstacle course which included rocks, shoals, and even other vessels which intentionally behaved unpredictably.

    The ACTUV passed with flying colors, all while sticking to the maritime laws outlined in the Convention on the international regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Already, DARPA at least has proof-of-concept, that an autonomous can navigate an ocean shared with more traditionally piloted craft.

    The next step will be testing the ACTUV’s tracking capabilities. Further down the line, engineers will have to put the vessel through scenarios which involve "enemy ships" attempting to block its navigational systems.

    And if all goes according to plan, ACTUVs would prove to be a cost-effective way to monitor ultra-quiet submarines deployed by Russia, China, and Iran.


    http://sputniknews.com/us/20150403/1020448688.html

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    Post  max steel on Wed May 20, 2015 1:38 pm

    Old News

    US Navy Tests Missile Interceptors in Pacific: Defense Contractor


    Two US missile interceptors were tested against cruise missile targets during the US Navy's Combat Ship Qualification Trials in the Pacific, interceptor designer Raytheon Company announced on Friday.

    Two US missile interceptors were tested against cruise missile targets during the US Navy's Combat Ship Qualification Trials in the Pacific, interceptor designer Raytheon Company announced on Friday.

    "Advanced warning and cueing from another sensor or ship allows the US Navy to take full advantage of SM-6's over-the-horizon capability. The warfighter does not have to wait until the threat is knocking at the door to take it out," Standard Missile-6 senior program director Mike Campisi said in a written statement.

    Targets are destroyed sooner and one ship can defend a larger area, Campisi said.

    During the test, the first interceptor took out a short-range supersonic rocket while the other halted smaller low-altitude, medium range target drone. Interceptors were fired by Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville.

    Raytheon called the missile tests a success.

    SM-6 provides protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. According to Raytheon, the interceptors are equipped with their own individualized radar system aimed to detect the movement of its target.

    Raytheon has delivered more than 130 Standard Missile-6 interceptors to the US Navy.

    The interceptors final assembly takes place at Redstone Arsenal Army post in Huntsville, Alabama.

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    Post  George1 on Sat May 23, 2015 2:10 am

    US laid the 16th multipurpose nuclear submarine class "Virginia"

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    Post  AirCargo on Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:08 am

    Major Contracts Awarded For New US Carrier

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/06/05/newport-news-shipbuilding-kennedy-gerald-ford-cvn79-cvn80-cvn78-contracts-naval-sea-systems-command-navsea-thomas-moore-aircraft-carrier-/28570915/

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    Post  Mike E on Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:27 am

    AirCargo wrote:Major Contracts Awarded For New US Carrier

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2015/06/05/newport-news-shipbuilding-kennedy-gerald-ford-cvn79-cvn80-cvn78-contracts-naval-sea-systems-command-navsea-thomas-moore-aircraft-carrier-/28570915/
    Great we just signed a contract to spend more $$$$ on something we don't need....

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    Post  AirCargo on Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:45 am

    US Navy’s LRASM completes store separation testing

    http://www.naval-technology.com/news/newsus-navys-lrasm-completes-store-separation-testing-4594391

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    Post  max steel on Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:14 pm

    Invisible No More: US Stealth Subs to Lose Unbeatable Advantage
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    The US Navy's worst nightmare is about to come true: new technologies will deal a severe blow to the ability of American stealth submarines to vanish beneath the waters without a trace, Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College James Holmes stressed.
    US atomic stealth submarines have long enjoyed their unbeatable advantage to remain undetected beneath the oceans' waters; however, a new technological revolution is likely to nullify this advantage, undermining America's capacity to execute its ambitious foreign policy in distant waters, Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College James Holmes underscored.

    "Unless US forces adapt to and lead the new competition, the era of unrivaled US undersea dominance could draw to a surprisingly abrupt close," Bryan Clark, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) analyst and retired US Navy commander, stated as quoted by the professor.




    Almost 60 years ago US stealth submarines had become game-changers in underwater warfare, while the advent of nuclear propulsion allowed this craft to remain beneath the waves for protracted periods of time. No longer could anti-submarine forces rely on radio or radars in order to detect elusive US subs.
    However, a new technological leap is about to upset the US Navy's applecart. Big Data, non-acoustic detection, and fire-control technology will allow hostile antisubmarine (ASW) forces to detect the traces of a US stealth sub, converting this information into tracking and targeting data.


    However, the situation for US subs is not entirely desperate, the expert noted. Mr. Holmes suggested that submarines should now study both passive and active defense paradigms.

    They might act like naval aviation, namely the latest air-force F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, which rely more on "active countermeasures" such as electronic warfare than on stealth. "Naval airmen defeat or fool defenses rather than elude them," the professor elaborated.

    On the other hand, fleets of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) may extend the submarine's ability to counter ASW, while new torpedoes and Tomahawk anti-ship missiles "would help redress the imbalance between subs and access deniers."

    Anyway, US stealth subs will no longer be able to disappear from their adversaries' view with impunity, the professor underscored, adding that it is more likely that the underwater theatre will resemble much of the aerial and surface theaters



    http://sputniknews.com/military/20150613/1023330448.html#ixzz3d1uwIitu


    Can anyone assess this particular article ?? We don't have a dedicated anti-sub warfare thread on this forum .

    PS:- Open the link and read Josh Seymour comments . Laughing

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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jun 15, 2015 1:11 pm

    PS:- Open the link and read Josh Seymour comments .

    Hahahaaha... yeah... the US has the entire worlds oceans bugged and knows where all the subs are... is that why they are spending large amounts of money on these ghost unmanned ships to shadow enemy subs?

    BTW will be funny when a ghost ship is tracking say an old Delta IV SSBN in the middle of winter and the Delta goes under an ice sheet in the arctic...  Twisted Evil


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    Post  max steel on Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:02 pm

    US Navy Engineer Guilty of Attempting to Pass Carrier Schematics to Egypt

    http://sputniknews.com/us/20150616/1023406497.html#ixzz3dGFiUIhk

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    Post  max steel on Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:24 pm

    US Navy Acquires Advanced Radar for Surveillance Aircraft



    http://sputniknews.com/military/20150619/1023607842.html

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    Post  max steel on Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:12 pm

    This is America's new $13 billion warship



    The US Navy is less than a year away from adding the most expensive warship in history to its fleet, the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford.

    The USS Ford, the lead ship of the new Ford-class aircraft carrier series, is expected to join the US Navy by February 2016, according to CNN. Once deployed, the ship will be the largest carrier ever to ply the seas and will feature a number of changes and advancements over the US' current Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

    Here's a look at this multi billion-dollar beast:

    The USS Gerald Ford is expected to cost upwards of $13 billion by the time it is deployed.

    The Ford, and the accompanying Ford-class carrier fleet, are intended to relieve stress and over-deployment within the US Navy. Currently, the Navy operates 10 carriers but wants an additional vessel to take pressure off of the rest of the fleet.

    The ship will feature a host of changes over the current Nimitz-class carrier. Ford-class carriers will be capable of generating three times more electrical power than the older carrier classes, for example.


    This increased electrical power supply allows the Ford to use the newly designed Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), which will allow the vessel to launch 25% more aircraft a day than the previous steam-powered launch systems.


    The amount of electricity onboard also makes the Ford-class carriers ideal candidates to field laser and directed-energy weapons in the future, like rail guns and missile interceptors.


    Once launched, the Ford will be the largest warship in the world. It will be 1,092 feet long and displace upwards of 100,000 tons.




    This size will allow the carrier to house about 4,400 staff and personnel while also carrying more than 75 aircraft.


    The aircraft carrier Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) gets underway beginning the ship's launch and transit to Newport News Shipyard pier 3 for the final stages of construction and testing.


    But for all the advances within the Ford-class carrier group, some have questioned the wisdom of continuing an astronomically expensive carrier-heavy naval strategy in a time when inter-state warfare is rare and nations like China continue to develop potentially carrier-killing long-range anti-ship cruise missiles.

    http://www.businessinsider.in/This-is-Americas-new-13-billion-warship/articleshow/47776394.cms

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    Post  max steel on Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:39 pm

    HII hands over 12th Virginia submarine to US Navy Rolling Eyes

    Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII's) Newport News Shipbuilding division has handed over the US Navy's (USN's) 12th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), officials announced on 25 June.

    John Warner (SSN 785) - named after the US senator and former secretary of the navy - was delivered at HII's Newport News, Virginia shipyard. It is the sixth Virginia SSN to be completed by Newport News, which is building the boats in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat, under a teaming agreement.

    The USN is acquiring a 30-boat class of Virginia SSNs. Eleven boats are in commission.

    John Warner is the second of eight Block III Virginias that feature a redesigned bow (with a new Large Aperture Bow array) and two 87-inch Virginia payload tubes that each launch six Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles.

    http://www.janes.com/article/52592/hii-hands-over-12th-virginia-submarine-to-us-navy

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    NAVSEA seeks a more robust towed array for US Navy

    ◙NAVSEA has issued an RfP for a new thin line towed array to replace the legacy TB-29A that equips the navy's attack submarines and SURTASS surface ships

    ◙The TB-29X towed array project includes options for up to 67 production assemblies over four years
    The US Navy's (USN's) submarine community has set out plans to acquire an improved thin line towed array (TLTA) as its primary long-range passive acoustic sensor system.

    Introduction of the new TB-29X array is required "to enable the fleet to complete missions without interruptions due to array failures", according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

    http://www.janes.com/article/52575/navsea-seeks-a-more-robust-towed-array-for-us-navy

    what does it mean Question Question can anyone explain

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    USN trawls industry for future frigate's long-range missile

    The US Navy (USN) is canvassing industry for technology options to fulfil a requirement to equip its future frigates with an over-the-horizon weapon system to defend the ships against military surface craft and vessels.

    As part of a Request for Information (RfI) released by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in mid-June, the US government is seeking information "for design, development, test and evaluation, and manufacture of an over-the-horizon missile system capability to defeat surface threats".

    The system would be fitted on board new frigates to be based upon a modified version of the USN's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Current shipbuilding plans indicate that the navy intends to acquire 20 frigates beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2019.

    http://www.janes.com/article/52542/usn-trawls-industry-for-future-frigate-s-long-range-missile





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    Post  max steel on Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:50 pm

    Beneath the skin: US Navy DDG 51 Flight III guided missile destroyer No

    The US Navy's DDG 51 Flight III guided missile destroyer has now entered the detailed design stage. Richard Scott examines how this new variant, designed to take the new AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar to sea, will differ from the current Flight IIA design Beginning procurement in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the US Navy's (USN's) next-generation DDG 51 Flight III guided missile destroyer will, from the outside, resemble its antecedent. Under the skin, however, there will be some significant changes in order that the hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems, and the
    Aegis combat system, can support a new Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) intended to confer the Flight III ships with an unmatched integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) capability.

    http://www.janes360.com/images/assets/731/51731/US_Navy_DDG_51_Flight_III_guided_missile_destroyer.pdf

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    New RAM Block 2 achieves initial operational capability Sad

    RAM Block 2 was subject to DT/OT at the Pacific Missile Range between May 2013 and March 2015 .The RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on board the LPD 17 San Antonio-class assault ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has confirmed.

    An evolutionary development of the RIM-116B RAM Block 1 missile, the new RIM-116C embodies kinematic and sensor upgrades to expand the missile's engagement envelope so as to defeat more manoeuvrable and higher speed anti-ship cruise missiles. RAM Block 2 is a far more advanced system, boasting three times the manoeuvrability of the original Rolling Airframe Missile . affraid


    Be scared russian ashms and ascms , New SEA-RAM RIM-116C is here . Suspect cry


    http://www.janes.com/article/51938/new-ram-achieves-ioc

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Mike E on Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:57 pm

    Don't worry... 

    These are baseless claims and nothing more. The Navy seems to think that just because their missile can intercept a non-maneuverable, subsonic AShM it will be able to intercept every Russian one. 

    The RAM's use a very small fragmentation warhead that would require a direct hit on the AShM to take it down...against a missile that is *faster* and also maneuvering (especially in groups), that is unlikely. 

    Besides we use so few RAM systems it barely makes a difference.

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