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  1. #1541

    One great tagline I saw in the back of the document here is if it floats, it fights,” Sheridan said, referring to Navy Surface Force Commander Vice Adm.
    THIS. How this isn't the cornerstone of the capability the RAN provides I'll never know. With such a small surface fleet we should be maximising the capability of EVERY ship. Each ship should have sub-surface, surface and air defence capabilities and include a medium gun, an anti-air missile, an anti-ship missile and EW self protection systems as a bare minimum of capability.
    In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30

  2. #1542

    Well. I think just about everyone on this forum would agree with you. If only these dickheads in parliament and defense related industries would listen to us the RAN and ADF generally would be in a much better position.

  3. #1543

    You won't find any argument from me.........EVERYTHING that floats should be armed! No exceptions.............

    All this shit about arming OPV's with pip-squeak light cannon, is BS in extreme..........they should all have a Medium gun 57 or 76mm, either/or..........and then Fitted For and Not With, SSM, VLS, Active anti-Torpedo, Torpedo launchers and Light Towed array..........and all the Goodies should be available in-storage around the Coast of Australia.............take Defence seriously for once, and STOP paying lip service to it................Helo fully armed and outfitted too........

    The new AOR's should have fully-armed and equipped VLS, NULKA, anti torpedo, torpedo launchers, light towed array, etc et bloody cetera............the on-board helo should also be fully outfitted, ASM, torpedoes, etc............

    Our LHD's should also be fully equipped, similar fashion, with even more VLS............they have the room and space to manage this on multiple sponsons mounted off the hull...............

  4. #1544

    Surface Navy 2017: Carrier, destroyer eyed for solid-state laser weapon system testing

    Richard Scott, Washington DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    11 January 2017

    Key Points
    • LWSD is scheduled to be tested on SDTS in 2018
    • Plans are being explored for installation on a carrier or destroyer

    The US Navy (USN) is drawing up plans to a put a prototype 100-150 kW class solid-state laser weapon on an operational warship, the service's director of surface warfare has revealed.

    Speaking at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium on 10 January, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, N96 in OPNAV, said the navy would develop its plans for high-energy laser deployment over the coming months. This follows the initial 'quick reaction capability' deployment of the 30 kW-class AN/SEQ-3 (XN-1) Laser Weapon System (LaWS) on USS Ponce since mid-2014.

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    Surface Navy 2017: Sea Hunter trials to inform unmanned debate for next surface combatant

    Richard Scott, Washington DC - IHS Jane's Navy International

    11 January 2017

    Key Points
    • Testing of the Sea Hunter MDUSV will help the USN understand how unmanned systems may play in its thinking for the future surface combatant
    • DARPA and ONR are funding a two-year test and trials programme for Sea Hunter

    Trials of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) medium displacement unmanned surface vehicle (MDUSV) demonstrator Sea Hunter will help the US Navy (USN) to understand how unmanned systems could fit into its next-generation future surface combatant capability requirements, according to Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, the service's Director, Surface Warfare.

    Originally developed under DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) programme, Sea Hunter has latterly been characterised as an MDUSV to reflect its broader utility in the surface warfare environment.

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    Surface Navy 2017: USN's flexible ship concept to be implemented into Future Surface Combatant

    Geoff Fein, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Navy International

    12 January 2017

    Key Points
    • USN will pursue flexible ship concept to ensure future surface fleet remains combat relevant
    • Flexibility in design will be a key component of the navy's Future Surface Combatant

    The US Navy (USN) needs to pursue the concept of flexible ships to ensure that its surface fleet remains combat relevant and can maintain high operational availability, a USN official told the Surface Navy Association annual symposium.

    Speaking on 11 January at the event in Arlington, Virginia, Glen Sturtevant, director of science and technology for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), said that the navy is exploring a multitude of ways to get the full operational service-life out of its hulls.

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  7. #1547

    US Navy hopes for next-generation F/A-XX as soon as late-2020s

    Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    12 January 2017

    The US Navy is still eyeing a future fighter aircraft programme, tentatively called the F/A-XX, that is likely to be unmanned or optionally manned and emerge as soon as the late-2020s, according to outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

    "The F/A-XX is pretty early in the process now ... you always want two generations of aircraft and the [Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter] that's coming in is going to be in the fleet for decades and so the F/A-XX is an earliest late-2020s, early 2030s aircraft," Mabus told reporters on 11 January.

    Similarly, the US Air Force's F-X programme would seek to replace the Boeing F-15 Eagle, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, and perhaps eventually the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

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  8. #1548

    Navy Will Get Supercarrier USS Ford In April – Finally

    By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

    on January 11, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    The new carrier USS Ford is afloat but still unfinished.

    UPDATED with Rep. Wittman comment*WASHINGTON: The long-delayed super-carrier USS Ford is “99 percent” complete and will be delivered to the Navy in April, the Navy announced late Wednesday. A date for commissioning the $13 billion ship into service has still not been yet.

    The Ford is the first all-new carrier design in 40 years — since the USS Nimitz was commissioned in 1975 — and many of its new technologies turned out to be not quite ready for action, leading to schedule slips and cost overruns. But alongside the electromagnetic launch catapults and high-tech arrestor gear, the ship also suffered problems with its relatively mundane turbine generators. Now, however, the Navy says testing is 93 percent complete, work on the ship overall is 99 percent done, and the service has enough confidence to set a schedule again: shipbuilders’ trials in March, then Navy acceptance trials in April with delivery later that month — assuming the trials go okay.

    Graphic courtesy of the office of Sen. McCain

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus effectively admitted the Ford was the Navy’s most troubled program, edging out the controversial Littoral Combat Ship. Congressional critics have excoriated the program, most of all Senate Armed Services chairman John McCain, who as a former Navy fighter pilot knows carriers first-hand. Interestingly, President-Elect Donald Trump has refrained from criticizing the Ford even as he publicly blasts the F-35 fighter that will fly from it.

    It’ll be interesting to see if today’s announcement calms the troubled waters for the Ford or simply brings it back to critics’ attention for another round of sniping. We’ll update this story as comment rolls in.

    [Update] The brand-new chairman of the House seapower subcommittee, Rep. Rob Wittman, was quick to praise the carrier — which is built at Newport News in his home state of Virginia, albeit not in his district: “USS FORD (CVN 78) is a first-in-class aircraft carrier with capabilities never before seen in the United States Navy and will serve as a vital component of our force projection for decades to come. Like most first-in-class ships, USS FORD experienced some unexpected delays, but I am encouraged that she plans to join the fleet in April 2017 following sea trials.”

    A former Pentagon analyst had a less rosy but ultimately positive assessment: “Taking delivery of the Ford at long last is a positive step towards getting the fleet back into fighting form. The recent gap over the holidays when no supercarriers were at sea, largely due to delays in the Ford‘s delivery schedule, was disturbing in its implications for our national interests abroad. I hope that the Navy and the manufacturer will quickly bring all of the systems to their full capabilities, especially the electrical systems that include the ship’s catapults and arresting gear. Ultimately, as we move beyond this first-in-class ship, I hope to see production intervals and associated costs come down.”

    Here’s the full statement from long-suffering Navy spokesperson Capt. Thurraya Kent, which we received at 5:20 pm Wednesday:

    “GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) is 99 percent overall complete with 93 percent of the test program complete (93 percent Hull, Mechanical & Electrical, 92 percent propulsion testing, and 93 percent electronics testing). Over the past few months, we have made significant progress resolving first-of-class issues associated with these critical systems and have resumed critical path testing in support of Builder’s Sea Trials. This progress enables us to forecast our sea trials and delivery schedule. Specifically, we have updated the ship’s schedule to reflect Builder’s Sea Trials in March 2017, Acceptance Trials in April 2017, and Delivery in April 2017, pending the results of sea trials.”

  9. #1549

    Posted: January 9, 2017 4:49 PM

    Helicopter-borne Pod to Extend Navy’s Electronic Warfare Horizon

    By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor, SEAPOWER magazine

    ARLINGTON, Va.— An anti-ship missile-defense electronic warfare pod that will be carried aloft by Navy helicopters will enable warships to greatly extend their defensive and possibly offensive electronical warfare capabilities.

    The Advanced Offboard Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system is being developed by Lockheed Martin to extend the detection range of a warship’s SLQ-32 electronic warfare system, said Joe Ottaviano, the company’s director of electronic warfare. The AOEW program will “put a very capable pod on the MH-60 platform.”

    Ottaviano said the AOEW pod can be carried aloft by the MH-60R and MH-60S versions of the Seahawk helicopter based on a guided-missile cruiser or guided-missile destroyer. The pod is installed on a pylon on the helicopter and requires no operation or processing by the helicopter’s crew. The signals intercepted by the pod will be relayed to the shipboard SLQ-32 system upgraded under the Surface Electronic Warfare Program Block 2.

    The AOEW pod “gives you additional reach-back capability,” Ottaviano said. “You get a look well over the horizon that will be communicated back to the ship. Depending on what the solution is, you could actually decide to provide some type of response. You can see the adversary well before he can see anything in the fleet and actually engage him in some fashion.”

    Ottaviano declined to discuss any active capabilities of the AOEW system but said, “It does provide some capabilities to respond. That’s as far as I can discuss.”
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  10. #1550

    Sounds of Life Heard from Cold War Sonar System

    (Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 12, 2017)

    NEWTOWN, Conn. --- Today, more and more nations are using highly advanced diesel-electric submarines that are extremely difficult to detect, which is forcing the U.S. Navy's to return to a reliance on its Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) not seen in any priority use since the height of the Cold War. The sonar system is considered essential to America's efforts to detect newer and quieter diesel-electric submarines, especially those operating in the littoral environment.

    The Low Frequency Active (LFA) portion of the system listens for sounds reflected off submarines that are too quiet to hear with a passive system alone. By using specialized signals and echo detection, SURTASS LFA increases the distance at which submarines can be detected and tracked.

    The system is currently in production producing replacement units for the U.S. and Japan. It is also undergoing advanced R&D for enhancements and upgrades. Although the Navy decided to restrict SURTASS use under certain geographic conditions in order to reduce its effects on marine life, environmentalists continue to battle the Navy over the use of the oceans as a test range for acoustic systems and weapons. Still, the program will continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce occasional replacement units, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.

    One can expect the program to continue to receive funding and support for spares and maintenance and to produce one or two replacement units in the future, as national security will overrule political sit-ins and rallies.


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