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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:31 pm

    Mike E wrote: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.


    You're saying that all US destroyers aren't equipped with Sea-Ram systems ? Are you sure ?

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Mike E on Sun Jun 28, 2015 1:47 am

    max steel wrote:
    Mike E wrote: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.
    You're saying that all US destroyers aren't equipped with Sea-Ram systems ? Are you sure ?
    As of right now, no active US Destroyer is equipped with RAM systems...only the Phalanx CIWS.

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    Post  max steel on Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:12 pm

    I guess you're confusing it with  newly tested us navy RIM-116C Block 2 RAM .

    Nope i'm talking about Sea-Ram Block 0 and Block 1 .  RIM-116B Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) ( block 1 ) has Speed in excess of Mach 2.

    You said none of usa ship uses it . Well The RIM-116 is in service on several American  warships . The missile is currently active aboard Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, Wasp-class amphibious assault ships, Tarawa-class amphibious assault ships, San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship, Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ships, and littoral combat ships (LCS) .

    RAM is better than Phalanx CIWS against anti-ship missiles .


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:34 am

    RAM is better than Phalanx CIWS against anti-ship missiles .

    Phalanx is ineffective against low flying targets... anything below about 20m and it suffers from multipath returns via its radar and can't hit anything... subsonic or supersonic.

    there is a reason Kashtan has thermal and digital optics as well as MMW and CMW radars on the mount... each technology has strengths and weaknesses and together they are the best solution...


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:42 pm

    But what about RIM-116B and newly tested RIM-116C SeaRams garry ?  I know about ciws thats not an issue .

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  GarryB on Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:31 am

    Hard to say... there is a reason why after testing with MA-31s that the Americans want to test with better analogs of heavier Russian weapons.

    A 600kg missile moving at mach 2.5 or so is not the same as a Moskit 4.5 ton missile moving at a similar speed, or an Onyx 2.5 ton missile... It might be like a motor bike hitting a truck on the highway, or it might be like a fly hitting your windscreen on the highway.


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:47 pm

    We need more info on US Sea-ram 116-B vs Russian asms . Btw do Russians use sea-rams ?



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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:45 am

    Btw do Russians use sea-rams ?

    Why would they use inferior US missiles?

    Russian and Soviet ships have used the naval equivalent of OSA and TOR and Pantsir in the past.

    For the future they have guided 57mm cannon shells in development for dealing with incoming threats, and they also have a unified service missile called 9M100 which will use IIR guidance in a short range missile for the airforce, army and navy.


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:16 pm

    US Navy Launching New Littoral Combat Ship ‘Little Rock’

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150718/1024773833.html#ixzz3gGQqsZFb


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Book. on Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:45 am

    SM-2 missile explodes, damaging Navy destroyer
    By: David Larter, Staff writer 5:40 p.m. EDT July 22, 2015

    A missile exploded as it was being fired from the destroyer The Sullivans in a Saturday exercise, damaging the the side of the ship but not injuring any crewmembers, according to Naval Sea Systems Command.

    The Standard Missile-2, fired from the aft missile deck, caused some damage to the port side of the ship, according to a NAVSEA statement. The warhead fitted to the malfunctioning missile was not activated at the time of launch.

    "On July 18 at approximately 9 a.m. a Standard Missile-2 test missile exploded after suffering a malfunction as it was fired from the guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans during a planned missile exercise off the coast of Virginia," NAVSEA said. "There were no injuries and only minor damage to the port side of the ship resulting from missile debris."

    NAVSEA, which is responsible for building and maintaining ships and systems for the Navy, has launched an investigation into the incident. The misfire was first reported by USNI News, which obtained images of of the explosion.

    "An investigation into the malfunction has been ordered and is being conducted by the Navy's Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems, which is part of Naval Sea Systems Command," NAVSEA said. "It is too early to determine what, if any, effect this will have on the ship's schedule."

    NAVSEA spokesman Chris Johnson said The Sullivans crew responded, and quickly extinguished, the fire on deck.

    http://www.navytimes.com/story/breaking-news/2015/07/22/sullivans-missile-explosion-sm2--sullivans-navy-destroyer/30530395/



    SM 2 go boom!

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Mike E on Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:30 am

    Book. wrote:SM 2 go boom!
    lol! Superior American technology in action!

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:55 am

    US Navy to Commission Newest ‘Fast Attack’ Submarine

    Pentagon will unleash its latest next-generation stealth attack submarine during a ceremony this weekend.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Defense will unleash its latest next-generation stealth attack submarine during a ceremony this weekend, the US Navy said in a press release.

    “The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS John Warner… Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Naval Station Norfolk [Virginia],” the release said on Wednesday.

    Warner is a next-generation submarine that showcases stealth, surveillance and special warfare capabilities to operate across multiple types of missions, the release explained.

    The Virginia-class submarines can hit targets ashore with precision and can conduct surveillance of land or sea-based forces, according to the release.

    The vessel is also equipped, the release noted, for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, minefield mapping and delivery of US Special Forces.

    US Virginia-class submarines weigh 7,800 tons and are 377 feet long. They are built with a reactor plant that will not require refuelling during the ship’s projected 33-year lifespan in order to reduce lifecycle costs, the release added.

    The submarine is named after US Senator John Warner who served the United States as a Marine, sailor and the 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974, the release said.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150730/1025199005.html#ixzz3hMo2rvLw


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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:35 pm

    George1 wrote:US Navy to Commission Newest ‘Fast Attack’ Submarine

    Pentagon will unleash its latest next-generation stealth attack submarine during a ceremony this weekend.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of Defense will unleash its latest next-generation stealth attack submarine during a ceremony this weekend, the US Navy said in a press release.

    “The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS John Warner… Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Naval Station Norfolk [Virginia],” the release said on Wednesday.

    Warner is a next-generation submarine that showcases stealth, surveillance and special warfare capabilities to operate across multiple types of missions, the release explained.

    The Virginia-class submarines can hit targets ashore with precision and can conduct surveillance of land or sea-based forces, according to the release.

    The vessel is also equipped, the release noted, for anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, minefield mapping and delivery of US Special Forces.

    US Virginia-class submarines weigh 7,800 tons and are 377 feet long. They are built with a reactor plant that will not require refuelling during the ship’s projected 33-year lifespan in order to reduce lifecycle costs, the release added.

    The submarine is named after US Senator John Warner who served the United States as a Marine, sailor and the 61st Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974, the release said.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150730/1025199005.html#ixzz3hMo2rvLw

    So its a mulyi purpose sub not 5th gen sub ? I have noticed usa dont receal much about their submarines.

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Book. on Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:15 pm

    イージス・ミサイル防衛 「SM-6 & SM-2」 迎撃試験 - Aegis BMD "SM-6 & SM-2" Intercept Test
    Published on Aug 8, 2015

    Aegis ballistic missile defense system (Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, Aegis BMD) over the four days of July 28 to August 1, 2015 and was conducted off the coast of Hawaii, Standard missile "SM-6 Dual I" (RIM -174 Standard ERAM) and "SM-2 Block IV "of (RIM-156), short-range ballistic missiles and cruise missile intercept test SM-6 dual I and SM-2 Block IV, from the SM-3 is currently in deployment atmosphere of low-altitude interceptor missile to shoot down a ballistic missile in a test the United States Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer "John Paul Jones "(Aegis baseline 9.C1) went Multi-Mission Warfare ( MMW)

    Event 1: July 28 intercept the SM-6 dual-I in the short-range ballistic missile (SRBM)
    Event 2: July 29 intercept the SM-2 block short-range ballistic missile in IV (SRBM)
    Event 3: 7 month the 31st and hit the SM-6 dual-I in the cruise missile (target machine · AQM-37C) (the proximity fuze warhead program so that it does not explode)
    Event 4: August 1 SM-6 dual-I in the cruise missile (target machine · BQM-74E) to hit (the proximity fuze warhead program so that it does not explode)



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    Event 0: July 18 intercept SM2 missle go boom! lol1

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  JohninMK on Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:33 am

    Oooops, faulty welding, how could that happen with strict, best in the world, US military QC?

    WASHINGTON — The US Navy has restricted the operations of its three newest submarines — including one placed in commission just last Saturday — pending inspections and repairs to a key steam plant component.

    At issue are problems found with elbows in 10-inch pipes that funnel steam from the reactor plant to the propulsion turbines. Elbows are installed in piping to get around corners and other obstructions.

    The problems, said a senior Navy official, were detected earlier this year, prompting a civil investigative demand leading to an investigation begun in April. A fleet message restricting operations of the three submarines was sent Aug. 5, and congressional authorities were notified the same day.


    Much more of this saga at http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/naval/submarines/2015/08/05/submarine-virginia-class-nuclear-shipbuilding-electric-boat-newport-news-huntington-ingalls-naval-sea-systems-command-navsea-john-warner-minnesota-north-dakota-reactor-nuflo/31188575/

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Militarov on Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:10 am

    "Military officials say a A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter belonging to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Aircraft Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing made a hard landing during Helicopter Ropes Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a Camp Lejeune satellite training area. HRST training provides Marines with the ability to conduct helicopter insertions and extractions where helicopter landings are impractical. About twenty Marines were participating in the training, which requires them to exit the back of the aircraft via a suspended rope while the helicopter hovers above a landing zone.

    It happened around 9 p.m.

    Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune (NHCL) says one Marine was transferred there via air MEDEVAC and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Of the injured Marines, two are in stable condition while the other nine have were discharged. Initially, seven Marines were treated at NHCL; six were evaluated and released while one remains at the hospital in stable condition. Additionally, one Marine is in stable condition after being transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C. and is awaiting a minor procedure.

    “The loss of a Marine or Sailor affects us all. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of our deceased Marine,” said Maj. Gen. William Beydler, commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force. “While accidents like this are disturbing to the members of our Corps, we remain resilient and faithful to one another as we respond to this tragedy.”

    The name of the deceased Marine has not been released, pending notification of next of kin."
    Source: wnct.com

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:49 pm

    Is This the Warship of the Future?



    Laser-armed battleships that print their own drones will have to survive anti-ship missiles plummeting from space



    If you thought the battleship era faded after World War II, just wait a few decades. A group of British designers with the Startpoint group have revealed concept art for a future warship called Dreadnought 2050, the product of an open-thought experiment at the informal request of the U.K. Ministry of Defense.

    Named for the 1905 British man-of-war that rendered its predecessors obsolete, Dreadnought 2050 has all the futuristic accessories that a mid-21st-century warship shouldn’t be without. The ship is powered by hydrogen fusion — or if that proves unworkable, then at least by “highly efficient turbines driving silent electric motors to waterjets.” The hull is composed of “ultra-strong” composites of the finest acrylic. Out back, there’s a floodable dock for launching Royal Marines and swimming drones, a deck for launching armed aerial drones, and 3D printers to make more as needed. The designers don’t specify the size of their new dreadnought, but they imagine it would replace a ship with a crew of about 200 — perhaps making it comparable to the U.S. Navy’s 15,000-ton Zumwalt-class destroyer.





    The captain and crew steer and fight the ship by interacting with elaborate holograms, which, of course, looks cool. But Startpoint says the futuristic interface will allow the ship to operate with a total complement of about 100 sailors or less, including just five in the ops room.




    The ship is armed with an electromagnetic railgun, not so different from the one that the Office of Naval Research is building, but with 200-kilometer range, plus microwave guns to keep small enemy boats at bay. Its supercavitating torpedoes can reach speeds of 300 knots. The cherry on top is a drone that launches from where the mast should be, connected to the hull via a cryogenically cooled, carbon-nanotube tether. It’s an extension cord to power the drone’s advanced sensors and, of course, its menacing laser.





    “While some of these technologies push today’s boundaries in science and engineering, there is no reason why elements could not be incorporated into future designs. The Royal Navy needs visionary, innovative thinking and these concepts point the way to cutting edge technology which can be acquired at less cost and operated with less manpower than anything at sea today in the world’s leading navies,” said Muir Macdonald, a Startpoint senior executive, said in a press release.

    Of course, what’s really on display here is the cutting-edge technology of the present, not the future, and all on a platform borrowed from the past. And how realistic is this vision, anyhow?

    In a recent piece for The National Interest, historian Robert Farley looked back at the age of the battleship, when ships faced predictable threats—namely, other ships. In a gentlemanly one-on-one match, the question of how much armor vs. armaments to put on a hull was a straightforward cost-benefit analysis.

    “The process of ensuring survivability was simplified, in these early battleships, by the predictability of the threat,” Farley wrote. “The most likely vector of attack in the late 1890s came from large naval artillery carried by other ships, and consequently protective schemes could concentrate on that threat.”

    Then came submarines, aircraft, aircraft carriers, the goal of projecting power from blue water onto land, and now the prospect of anti-ship ballistic missiles that might hold at risk any surface vessel of sufficient size. Does a return to large warships make any sense?

    China, which is reportedly working on an anti-ship ballistic missile, nevertheless seems to think so. Once completed, the Chinese Type 055 cruiser would stretch 160 to 180 meters and displace 12,000 to 14,000 tons of water. It will be slightly smaller than a U.S. Zumwalt-class destroyer, but will be the largest “Asian surface warship since World War II’s Japanese Tone-class heavy cruisers,” Peter Singer and Jeffrey Lin write in Popular Science.

    And that’s hardly the biggest warship in the sea. Russia recently announced plans to overhaul its Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered Kirov-class battlecruiser, which displaces some 24,000 tons. That’s about as close to a World War I battleship as you get these days.

    In an era of hypersonic missiles and aircraft, what possible advantage could this type of platform still have? Farley said the simple answer is power — as in electricity: “The most interesting innovations in naval technology involve sensors, unmanned technology, lasers, and railguns, most of which are power intensive. Larger ships can generate more power, increasing not only their lethality (rail guns, sensors) but also their survivability (anti-missile lasers, defensive sensor technologies, close-defense systems).”

    In other words, warships have a future because we will keep inventing things to put on them.

    If laser weapons can evolve fast enough to fight off hypersonic ballistic and cruise missiles, large ships may still be relevant in 2050. Then there’s just diesel-electric stealth submarines and thousand-dollar naval mines to worry about .



    http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/08/warship-future-royal-navy/119930/?oref=d-topstory

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  Militarov on Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:01 pm

    Pentagon is considering the cancellation of the third next-generation stealth destroyer USS Lyndon B. Johnson.

    According to a Defense Department briefing document reported by Bloomberg Business the fate of the Zumwalt-class destroyer will be known in the “next few weeks”. Two officials have confirmed that talks about cancellation are in progress yet no decision has been made. Pentagon has set up an independent cost-assessment office which will decide on whether the build of the last of three Zumwalt destroyers, Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG-1002) will be canceled.

    Initially, 32 Zumwalt destroyers were supposed to be built. Over the years the number declined to three vessels which are being built at the General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyard. Even if the build were to be cancelled the question of how much, if at all, would the government save still looms large.

    According to Portland Press Herald, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said that cancelling the third Zumwalt would not make much sense, adding that since the ship is already under construction, cancelling it now would be a total waste of taxpayers’ money.


    Source: http://navaltoday.com/2015/09/15/us-navy-to-cancel-third-zumwalt/

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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:43 am

    US Navy Successfully Fires Tactical Missile From Littoral Combat Ship

    The SeaRAM anti-ship defense system defends navies against anti-ship cruise missiles.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US littoral combat ship USS Coronado has successfully fired a tactical missile from an anti-ship defense system off the coast of California, US defense contractor Raytheon said in a press release on Thursday.

    “For the first time, the US Navy successfully fired a tactical missile from a SeaRAM launcher on an Independence variant littoral combat ship,” the press release read.

    SeaRAM anti-ship defense system, produced by Raytheon, defends navies against anti-ship cruise missiles, according to the release.

    "This test success marks a major milestone toward full operation and employment of the SeaRAM system on US Navy ships," Raytheon Missile Systems Naval Area and Mission Defense product line vice president, Rick Nelson, said.

    SeaRAM system uses advanced close-in weapon sensors for defense against anti-ship missiles and replaces a small infrared homing surface-to-air missile previously used by the US Navy, according to the release.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150917/1027142977.html#ixzz3m2RnQy5h


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    Post  max steel on Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:28 pm

    Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, and the U.S. Navy successfully launched and scored a hit against the Mobile Ship Target during Block 1 upgrade test firings of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) at the Point Mugu Sea Range on Aug. 18, 2015.


    The AARGM shot was launched from a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in a scenario designed to test the missile’s capabilities against mobile ship targets employing advanced tactics.

    “The block upgrade testing demonstrated that the hardware, software and aircraft systems all worked together resulting in the successful live fire of the weapon,” said Bill Kasting, Vice President and General Manager of Orbital ATK’s Defense Electronic Systems division of the Defense System’s Group. “We look forward to rolling out these upgrades throughout the fleet, upon the successful completion of follow-on operational testing.”

    “This first Block 1 live fire test demonstrated the weapon’s effectiveness against a moving ship,” said Gordon Turner, Vice President Strike Weapons. “This is the first live-fire test in a series of live-fire and captive-carry events that will assess the missile’s software modifications made to deliver new capabilities to the warfighter

    The AARGM shot was launched from a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in a scenario designed to test the missile’s capabilities against mobile ship targets employing advanced tactics. The AARGM utilized its advanced anti-radiation homing sensor and millimeter wave radar to successfully detect, identify, locate and engage the moving maritime target.

    Orbital ATK participated in the missile firing as a member of the U.S. Navy's Integrated Product Team, led by the Direct and Time Sensitive Strike Program Office. Team members from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division - China Lake led the AARGM Block 1 Upgrade test. Additional test team members included Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division – Point Mugu, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Three One, and the Naval Air Systems Command.

    AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy AGM-88 HARM systems with advanced capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense missions. AARGM provides the most advanced system for pilots, with in-cockpit, real-time electronic order of battle situational awareness against today’s modern surface-to-air threats. It is able to rapidly engage traditional and non-traditional advanced land- and sea-based air-defense threats, as well as striking, time-sensitive targets.

    AARGM is currently deployed with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. AARGM achieved Initial Operational Capability in July 2012 and was approved by the Navy for Full Rate Production in September 2012.

    AARGM is a U.S. Navy and Italian Air Force international cooperative major acquisition program with the U.S. Navy as the executive agent. AARGM is currently deployed and supporting operational requirements for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The missile is integrated into the weapons system on the F/A-18C/D Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft. AARGM is anticipated to achieve Initial Operational Capability on the Italian Air Force’s Tornado ECR aircraft in 2017.




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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sat Oct 24, 2015 6:56 pm

    US Navy Orders $160Mln of Phalanx Anti-Missile Machine Guns for Ships

    Why are they even using useless Phalanx anyways ?

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Sat Oct 24, 2015 7:37 pm

    max steel wrote:US Navy Orders $160Mln of Phalanx Anti-Missile Machine Guns for Ships

    Why are they even using useless Phalanx anyways ?

    Better something then nothing, i guess. Rolling Eyes

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    Re: US Navy and Naval Aircraft: News

    Post  max steel on Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:33 pm

    STRATCOM CO: Next Air Force ICBM, Navy Sub Launched Ballistic Missile Could Have More in Common


    The U.S. Air Force and Navy are working to include more commonality in their next batch of nuclear tipped ballistic missiles, the head of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) told reporters on Thursday.
    “In terms of commonality, I have signed a letter along with [USN acquisition executive] Sean Stackley and [USAF acquisition executive] William LaPlante such that we do look at a common approach where we can associate with a future missile,” Adm Cecil Haney said, according to a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.

    Currently the Air Force fields the 1970s era LGM-30 Minute Man III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and is working toward extending the life of the standing force of 400 missiles into the 2030s. The Navy’s UGM-133A Trident II D5 were first fielded in the 1990s and will carry over to the Ohio-class Replacement Program nuclear ballistic missile submarine that will start construction in the 2020s.

    “The Air Force is also modernizing the Minuteman missiles, replacing and upgrading their rocket motors, guidance systems, and other components, so that they can remain in the force through 2030,” read a March Congressional Research Service report.
    “It is conducting studies and analysis on its plans to replace the missiles after 2030.”

    The Minuteman III replacement — the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program — is undergoing an analysis of alternatives (AoA) ahead of a request for proposal that could be released to industry as early as this year, Haney said.

    In tandem with the AoA, the Air Force and Navy are looking at commonality in the warhead as well as the unspecified components for the future strategic deterrent missiles.

    A refresh of the Cold War-era nuclear forces has been an ongoing and expensive line item in the U.S. defense spending planning. Esitmates say the effort to aqdquetly modernize the nuclear deterrent triad of bombers, nuclear submarines and ICBMs could cost up to $1 trillion into the 2040s, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate.


    So US analyzing about new ICBM . unshaven

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    "The U.S. Navy plans to send a ship to within 12 nautical miles of disputed islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News -- in an apparent challenge to Beijing's territorial claims.

    Reuters first reported that the Navy planned within 24 hours to send a destroyer near the Spratly Islands, an archipelago that China aggressively has laid claim to by building airstrips and other features on top of reefs. Reuters reported that the ship probably would be joined by a surveillance plane. U.S. military officials were angry over the leak, but one official reluctantly confirmed the plans. Officials said the USS Lassen, a Navy destroyer, would be the closest ship in position to carry out the operation. Asked for comment at Monday's briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest would not confirm any operational decisions. But he stressed that ensuring freedom of navigation is critically important to a global economy -- and said that is the principle that's at stake.



    The dispute over the strategic waterways of the South China Sea has intensified over the last year, pitting a rising China against its smaller and militarily weaker neighbors who all lay claim to territory mostly in the Spratly and the Paracel islands. The area is one of the world's busiest shipping routes, rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves. Satellite images taken in early September purportedly showed construction of a third Chinese airstrip in the South China Sea, which would be of particular concern to the Philippines. The matter of the artificial islands, along with cybersecurity concerns, was a top agenda item when Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Obama last month on a state visit at the White House. "


    And Americans are obsessed with acroynme "OPSEC" so much, meanwhile they cant keep secret on first sight of journalists.

    Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/10/26/us-navy-to-send-warship-near-disputed-islands-claimed-by-china/

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    Post  max steel on Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:39 pm

    Like US isn't doing it  Rolling Eyes


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