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    (Army and AF get their own threads, so should Big Navy then)

    U.S. Navy is Still Looking at MBDA's Dual Mode Brimstone for F/A-18E/F AGM Solution
    Following our article published last year about U.S. Navy evaluation of MBDA's Dual Mode Brimstone, it was brought to our attention earlier this year that the U.S. Congress did allocate the $10 Million funding for "Brimstone weapon system qualification for the F/A-18 aircraft".
    http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...k=view&id=3087

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    Nice. Though i am still quite happy for us to jealously guard Brimstone

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      U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Group 2 Accepts the First Two of Twelve MK VI Patrol Boats

      U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Group 2 has taken ownership of the first two of 12 Mark VI Patrol Boats, in Portsmouth, Sept. 8. The MK VI, an 85-foot combatant craft, will provide a persistent capability to patrol shallow littoral areas for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces as well as critical infrastructure.

      http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...k=view&id=3091

      http://i.imgur.com/iqTYnMF.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/COpHsX3.jpg

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      • #4
        The Mark VI's are pretty cool.

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        • #5
          The four Burke class destroyers forward-deployed to Rota in Spain for the Mediterranean BMD patrol are getting an upgrade to their point-defense capability with the installation of SeaRAM. The Rota-based destroyers all have an older Aegis BMD baseline which requires the combat system to be switched between Ballistic Missile Defense and Air Defense modes, leaving them vulnerable to one threat while configured for the other. Baseline 9 eliminates this restriction, but sequestration and generally depressed budgets mean older ships may not get the upgrade for some time, if ever. So SeaRAM was picked as a means to give those hulls some simultaneous engagement capability.

          SeaRAM marries the radar and electro-optical targeting system of the Phalanx 1B with the RAM missile. So while the ship's combat system and main radar, SPY-1D, is busy in BMD mode the SeaRAM mount can detect, track, and engage threats on its own. Upgrading an older Aegis destroyer to baseline 9, which involves stripping out obsolete computers and CIC consoles and replacing them with modern equipment, requires a refit lasting about 78 weeks and costing about $183.8 million (2014 dollars). Adding SeaRAM, by contrast, will cost a fraction of that amount and will happen much faster. USS Porter (DDG-78) and USS Carney (DDG-64) will each get the upgrade in FY2016, which begins October 1st, and Porter will be back at sea by November.

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          • #6
            In related news, Xav's site has an overview of the two newest Baseline 9 ships: the (soon to be) USS John Finn which will commission next year, and USS Arleigh Burke herself which is wrapping up the full refit discussed in my post above. The two ships, the oldest in the class and the newest, had their first Aegis Baseline 9 "light off" within 3 days of one another earlier this month.

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            • #7
              USS Arleigh Burke is currently undergoing an extensive Extended Selected Restricted Availability for combat systems modernizations as part of the DDG modernization program. The ship will also receive the AN/SQQ-89 A(V) 15 sonar suite, providing a significant upgrade in anti-submarine capability and upgrades to support the MH-60 helicopter. USS Arleigh Burke is expected to rejoin the Fleet in 2016.
              Is it getting a hangar and pad, or is the pad just getting some tweaks (HIFR? Maybe a magazine?), but the ship still can't embark a helo?

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              • #8
                Its not getting a hangar, I can look around for the exact details but I believe the upgrades are limited to those that enable the ship to support lily-padding the MH-60R/S.

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                • #9
                  Officially Official, the USN will begin refitting Burke class destroyers with Hybrid drive next year.
                  Next year the Navy will begin installing a hybrid electric drive (HED) system on 34 Flight IIA Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers in a bid to lower the fuel costs of the ships, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) told USNI News in a statement.
                  The system, which will marry an electric motor to the ships’ main reduction gear to drive the ship at low speeds, promises to save the service thousands of barrels of fuel in over a ship’s deployment.
                  This earlier article from DiD explains the HED a bit better:
                  Right now, DDG-51 destroyers are fielded with a ship service electrical system, and an independent main propulsion system of LM2500 gas turbines that are tied to a mechanical drive through the Main Reduction Gear assembly. Each shaft is tied to 2 LM2500 gas turbines (GTMs), which have just 2 speeds: off, and on. Another 3 ship service turbine-generators (GTGs) provide electrical power, with the 3rd designed as a redundant back-up. Using this mechanical arrangement, current DDG-51 Flight IIA ships have a reported total power output of 7.5 MW, and end up using too much effort from their LM2500 gas turbines for propulsion at low speeds.

                  During underway operations under 15 knots, in low-threat areas, 2 engines are typically on line: a GTM with a trail shaft, and a smaller GTG for basic power to the ship, navigation radars etc. Speed changes up to 15-18 knots are controlled by varying propeller pitch, and are independent of the LM2500 GTM. For more electricity, another GTG generator can be brought online to power the main SPY-1 radar if needed.

                  At low speeds, Hybrid Electric Drives would allow ships to take the GTM offline, and rely on 1-2 smaller GTGs for both propulsion and power, using less fuel and offering more power flexibility. Ships could also be designed with fixed-pitch propellers, which are quieter than variable-pitch blades.
                  This will also likely be included in new Burke class destroyers as they continue to come off the line in future.

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                  • #10
                    The U.S. Navy announced that the delivery of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), first ship of the new Ford class of aircraft carriers, will be delayed six to eight weeks as more tests are needed before the vessel can start its sea trials campaign. The original delivery date was set for March 31, 2016.
                    http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...k=view&id=3124

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                    • #11
                      DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) Concept Tested at Sea
                      DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort recently demonstrated a prototype of a low-cost, fully automated parafoil system designed to extend maritime vessels’ long-distance communications and improve their domain awareness. Towed behind boats or ships, TALONS could carry intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications payloads of up to 150 pounds between 500 and 1,500 feet in altitude—many times higher than current ships’ masts—and greatly extend the equipment’s range and effectiveness.
                      http://www.navyrecognition.com/index...k=view&id=3126

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                      • #12
                        ^ That's pretty cool. At least until someone tries to weaponize it and makes it unwieldy.

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                        • #13
                          Agreed, also look forward to the smaller platform models within these projected capacities.

                          Neat stuff.

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                          • #14
                            LCS to get Over-The-Horizon missiles for next deployment.
                            “The objective is to install the OTH missile system aboard all in-service LCS deploying to forward operating stations starting in fiscal year 2016,” Fanta wrote in the directive, “as well as on all under-construction LCS prior to their commissioning ceremonies.”

                            The LCS has been without a surface-to-surface missile since the cancellation in 2010 of the Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missile, a program managed by the US Army that would have provided LCS with a significant weapon. Ever since, the service has been searching for a suitable replacement. A shipboard launch system for the Hellfire missile is being developed for smaller targets, but that weapon is unable to inflict significant damage on larger ships -- a role the OTH is meant to fill.
                            Fanta’s directive does not mention a specific missile, but it’s understood from sources that the missiles for the initial installations will be the Boeing Harpoon and Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM).

                            The idea, sources confirmed, is to try out both kinds of missile on both LCS variants, each ship deploying with only one model of missile installed.
                            Fanta’s directive, in fact, notes that “full integration with the LCS combat system is not required. A stand-alone console or computer terminal capable of consummating an engagement is sufficient for initial fielding.”
                            The OTH system will be considered part of the surface warfare package, a Navy source said, and might also be carried when the ship is fitted with the anti-submarine warfare package. Out of the question, however, is its use when the mine countermeasure module is embarked. The greater weight of the mine module, the source said, precludes carrying the missiles.

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                            • #15
                              Great missile. With it, all of a sudden the LCS becomes an actual warship...

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