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On 2/12/2019 at 9:37 AM, Belesarius said:



USNI article on how to salvage the LCS hulls in service as practical warships. Focus them on surface strike with NSMs and have them counter other smaller ships in littorals.




The author could have used some fact checking:

  • There are 35 LCS planned, not 38. Hull numbers don't always accurately reflect fleet sizes. It is possible that Congress forces more LCS with the next budget, but as of today there are 35 authorized.
  • All LCS are already due to receive NSM regardless of mission package (save perhaps the test ships).
  • Comparing the LCS to the Type 054A or Gorshkov is absurd; they are nothing close to the same in role. LCS is more accurately compared to the Type 056 or Gremyashchiy-classes in role, even if the specifics differ and LCS is much more expensive.
  • He also failed to mention that mission package development has been horribly underfunded by Congress since 2015 as a reason for the recent delays.

Other problems with this article:

  • Canceling the ASW and MCM packages is a bad idea. Aside from the USN needing more numerous and advanced ASW capabilities, the package is developing new equipment that will be fitted onto FFG(X) and stands a chance of being backfitted onto other classes in the fleet (similarly, all LCS are due to receive the SLQ-62 lightweight towed array regardless of package). Cancelling development would serve less than no purpose, it would completely work against modernizing the fleet and cost more money in the long run. Similar case with the MCM package: even if it were decided not  to use it aboard LCS, that kit can be transplanted onto a new platform (for example, the Expeditionary Mobile Base, medium-large unmanned surface vessels, or a new, dedicated hull) rather easily.
  • The SUW package is probably the least valuable of the three, with its usefulness largely limited to the Middle East. Not useless, but not worth dedicating the fleet over.

Personally I would fit the majority of LCS with the ASW package, with a small number (8-12) with the SUW package. Also fit all LCS with SEWIP Light if they have the margin. Fully develop the MCM kit and fit it to a class of self-deployable MCM ships. Hey presto, we have a fleet of small ships that much better align with our needs.

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5 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

Kh-35 is still alive. Like their precision MRLS, those are Soviet-era projects remixed under new names and few changes.


‘In Ukrainian accent’ 


what’s that you say? I couldn’t hear you over the sound of mighty Bulat killing Armata tanks! 

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The Navy's LSC Program will be a new acquisition program that will leverage the DDG 51 Flight III combat system while identifying and evaluating the integration of non-developmental mechanical and electrical systems into a new or modified hull design, incorporating platform flexibility and growth opportunities to meet future Fleet requirements. The Navy intends to evaluate the following capability areas for possible integration into the initial LSC baseline:


• Ability to integrate Warfare System elements including the DDG 51 Fight III and the weapon systems listed below.

• Increased flexibility/adaptability features such as expanded Space, Weight, Power and Cooling Service Life Allowances to allow for more rapid and affordable upgrades in capabilities and maintenance over the ships' service life, and allow for fielding of future high demand electric weapons and sensors, and computing resources.
• The ability of the ship's Vertical Launch System to accommodate longer and larger diameter missiles for increased speed and range of weapons.
• Additional capacity for an embarked warfare commander and staff.
• Support for 360-degree coverage with Directed Energy weapons.
• Improved signatures with support for additional improvements over time.



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Flight 3 Burke class DDG poduction is 'on track'.  Big upgrade from Flight III is the SPY-6 and AEGIS baseline 10 update. So the flight III Burkes should be even more capable missile defense ships.




Edit: Holy shit, they've upgraded the AC from 5 200 ton units to 5 300 ton units just to cool the new radar. oO


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On 2/20/2019 at 11:30 PM, Ramlaen said:

The FFG(X) selection is not limited to the 5 ships the USN awarded design contracts for, meaning BAE can offer the Type 26.




If this goes through we'll only have to convince NZ to pick up a couple to make a full set of 5-eyes

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UK is looking into an off-the-shelf buy of an AShM to fill the gap between harpoon retiring and the Next Big Thing:




UK MoD Issues Notice for Interim SSGW Anti-Ship Missiles


The United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD) issued a prior information notice (PIN) for a Next Generation Surface Ship Guided Weapon (SSGW) contract for the Royal Navy.

Xavier Vavasseur 08 Mar 2019

The UK MoD Weapons, Torpedoes, Tomahawk and Harpoon (TTH) Project Team issued the PIN March 8, 2019. Note that a PIN isn’t a tender but is a notice used to set out a contracting authority’s purchasing intentions. A PIN is mostly used by contracting authorities to provide suppliers with information that they are planning a procurement process and provides suppliers with as much information as possible at an early stage.


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   Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg Galina Nazarova met with developer Alexei Maistro at the Peter the Great Polytechnic University

   Maistro team created the world's first unmanned solar-hydrogen electric ground-effect vehicle "Storm-600" with a multi-level intelligent decision-making and control system, taking into account the rules of divergence of ships and external weather conditions.

   During the meeting, the ekranoplan itself was demonstrated to the parliamentarian, spheres of application, including patrolling and searching for violators in a given water area, scanning the seabed topography and searching for underwater objects, search and rescue operations, cargo delivery, and also acting as a mobile platform for recharging and underwater unmanned vehicles.


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Per the President's Budget submission for FY2020 Navy will begin procurement of 24 Radar Module Assembly (RMA) SPY-6 radar sets, and associated electrical and cooling equipment in FY2022, for installation in a DDG Flight IIA beginning in FY2025. The specific hull will be named later


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   According to the newspaper "Kommersant" in the material of German Kostrinsky and Ivan Safronov, USC found a place for Admiral Kuznetsov. The corporation will accelerate the modernization of the SRZ 35. The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation found a plant where the repair of the only Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser after the accident and flooding of the floating dock PD-50.

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Probably plans for something like that, from 2016 ("Plan B")






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   On April 8, 2019, the engineering company Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industry (part of the state-owned shipbuilding corporation China Shipbuilding Industry Corp-CSIC) demonstrated the world's first amphibious unmanned high-speed transport “Sea lizard” developed and produced at this enterprise.


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