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Marines and Carriers
« on: October 08, 2020, 04:05:46 PM »
I've been negligent in my posting of articles I've read, there have been some really good ones I should of shared.  Read this one yesterday..................
Esper Unveils Sweeping Plan To Change Naval Aviation, Carrier Fleet
 
 Lee Hudson, lee.hudson@aviationweek.com
 
 Less than one month before the U.S. presidential election, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has unveiled a sweeping new plan to redesign the future U.S. Navy to compete with China that includes changes to the aircraft carrier fleet and naval aviation.
 
 The new plan is called Battle Force 2045, which aligns with the year China anticipates finishing its naval buildup to reinforce its claim as a regional power. The new initiative stems from analysis that Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist spearheaded in January known as the Future Naval Force Study.
 
 It includes capabilities the Marine Corps has previously demonstrated, such as the lightning carrier, Esper said Oct. 6 during a virtual event at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. A lightning carrier is smaller and less expensive to manufacture than a traditional aircraft carrier but can host a slew of fighters.
 
 The Navy is currently developing the MQ-25 Stingray, an unmanned carrier refueling tanker, to ease the burden on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet. But Battle Force 2045 calls for unmanned ship-based aircraft of all types--fighters, tankers, and early warning and electronic attack aircraft, Esper said.
 
 "While this was not analyzed in detail in the study, we will continue to assess the proper mix and range needed to overcome tomorrow's threats," Esper said.
 
 Esper also is open to altering the Navy's aircraft carrier requirement. By law, the Navy must have 11 operational aircraft carriers in its inventory, but Esper is comfortable with as few as eight. He envisions an additional six light carriers to support the traditional carriers in a future war. Light carriers typically cost roughly $3 billion apiece, while a traditional carrier costs about $13 billion. In some Navy circles the idea of having a mix of large and small aircraft carriers is appealing not only as a means of saving money, but also for performing distributed operations.
 
 In November 2016, the Marine Corps conducted a Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept Demonstration aboard the USS America (LHA-6) that consisted of loading up the amphibious assault ship with F-35Bs. The America is one of two aviation-centric amphibious assault ships in the fleet, eliminating a well deck from its design and instead using that space for aviation maintenance and jet fuel storage.
 
 "We continue to examine options for light carriers that support short takeoff or vertical landing aircraft," Esper said.
 
 The lightning carrier can hold about 12 F-35Bs. If the Pentagon selects this option as its light carrier, the U.S. may increase its F-35B buy but decrease the number of F-35Cs it plans to purchase.
 
 Esper acknowledged the Pentagon is considering the America's lightning carrier construct to provide additional presence and capacity for day-to-day missions. This would free up traditional aircraft carriers for other, more pressing work.
 
 "We anticipate that additional study will be required to assess the proper high-low mix of carriers," Esper said.
 
 Esper intends to increase the Navy's shipbuilding account by 13%, which equates to about an additional $2 billion. The funding was identified through "serious reform efforts" by the chief of naval operations and the Navy secretary, he said.
 
 "I agreed to provide additional funding across the Department of Defense enterprise that was harvested from ongoing reform efforts, such as combatant command reviews, fourth estate reforms, and other initiatives," Esper said.


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Re: Marines and Carriers
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2020, 05:29:25 PM »
Never ceases to amaze me how, everytime an FNG gets into that Pentagon, they feel the need to try to reinvent the wheel so that they can say to their Dear Leade......er Boss, "Hey, look at what I've done!!"  :Rofl

Thanks for sharing Hoss. Hope you and yours are well and staying healthy.

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Re: Marines and Carriers
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2020, 03:25:04 PM »
The family is doing well, no one sick here, but we are in the country and away from big city life.
Here are some more links to stories, one is more on future US Navy Fleet plans.
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/10/14/Navy-chief-calls-China-the-greatest-threat-proposes-more-warships/5961602700705/
Russian Hypersonic Missile Hits Sea Target In Test, MOD Says
 
 https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/10/07/Russia-announces-successful-test-of-hypersonic-missile/8771602092856/
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 The Russian Navy's most advanced frigate completed a flight test of the NPO Mashinostroyeniya 3M22 Zircon hypersonic cruise missile on Oct. 6, firing the anti-ship weapon at an ocean target for the first time in the Barents Sea, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) said.
 
 The missile launched from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate hit the target at a distance of 243 nm (450 km), according to the MOD's statement.
 
 The test included the first video of a Zircon missile launch released by the Russian military.
 
 A statement from the Kremlin added that the flight time achieved by the Zircon missile was 4.5 min.
 
 A simple calculation of the flight time and the distance provided by the Russian government shows an average flight speed of Mach 4.9.
 
 The statement released by the Kremlin also said the missile's maximum speed exceeded Mach 8 during the flight. Including the acceleration and deceleration phases, a speed of more than Mach 8 would be possible, but only for a brief period within the overall 4.5 min. flight.
 
 Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said the Zircon missile is capable of achieving a speed up to Mach 9.
 
 The Oct. 6 test follows a similar Zircon flight test last January from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate. In that test event, the missile was fired overland to strike a stationary ground target in the Ural Mountains.


US Hypersonic Missile tests
https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2020/10/14/Test-firing-of-US-hypersonic-missile-hit-within-6-inches-of-target/4111602704506/

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Re: Marines and Carriers
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2020, 04:51:22 PM »
Hey Hoss good to hear from ya. I am back flying the Hog now.
"We don't leave our brothers behind."