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Boeing has awarded Saab to begin the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force T-X contract

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Boeing has contracted its partner, Saab, to begin the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force (USAF's) advanced pilot training programme, known as T-X.

The Swedish manufacturer announced on 19 October that it has received USD117.6 million through to 2022 for EMD development of the BTX aircraft it has designed with Boeing, which will serve as prime contractor for the USAF programme to replace its Northrop T-38 Talon platforms with as many as 350 new aircraft.

On 27 September Boeing was awarded an initial USD813 million deal for the EMD part of the USD9.2 billion T-X programme. The contract for Saab comes a day after the window for protests by the competing teams closed, with no protests being filed.

The clean-sheet BTX is a twin-seat single-engined platform that features a 'glass' cockpit, modelled to resemble that of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), and an open systems architecture. It incorporates elements from both the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the Saab Gripen combat aircraft. There are currently two aircraft (BTX1 and BTX2) flying out of St Louis, Missouri, where Boeing will manufacture all future T-X aircraft.

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US Army is updating its missile defense strategy with Russia and China in mind



WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is in the throes of updating its air-and-missile defense strategy to align with the Pentagon’s conviction that the military must modernize and overmatch its near-peer adversaries Russia and China.

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Moveover, 355-ship Navy: New report calls for an even larger fleet



PARIS – The U.S. is woefully short of ships and even the Navy’s target
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is well short of what the country needs to prepare for two simultaneous major conflicts and maintain its
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with excess capacity for surge operations and combat casualties.

That is the major finding of
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from the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation, an organization prominent in the Trump era because of its
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...and they are right. IMHO, we should incrementally get back to close to a Regan era goal but make it 500 ships.

If we brought back the logistical/supply vessels and made them USS instead of USNS, and armed them the way they were in the 1980s and 1990s...and they need that self defense armament which, IMHO would include two Phalanx, two Sea Rams and an eight cell VLS with 32 ESSMs and the sensors to work them.

Adding those ships back in would be a significant increase and they would be manned by full naval crews instead of a few naval personnel and the rest merchant marines.

Then we should have 120 DDGs and CGs, 80 FFGs and FFs, and then 75 SSN/SSGN, 12 SSBN, about 48 large amphibs and the 12 CVNs, all those logistic/supply shipsand you are on your way.

125 CG and DDG
80 FFGs
12 CVN
40 LHD/LHA/LPD/LSD
75 SSN/SSGN
12 SSBN
100 logistical

But that's all my own opinion. We would have to have the will as a people to build and then maintain them.

With the Chinese building like there is no tomorrow, and with the Russians having the desire to do so...and they will build a LOT more if they ever gt their economy going, and then with outlyers like Iran, North Korea, and others...we would need them.
 

Jura

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...

If we brought back the logistical/supply vessels and made them USS instead of USNS, and armed them the way they were in the 1980s and 1990s...and they need that self defense armament which, IMHO would include two Phalanx, two Sea Rams and an eight cell VLS with 32 ESSMs and the sensors to work them.

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Jeff do you mean to put VLS etc. on
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vessels?

from what I figured, they have something else to think about:

"The 46 Ready Reserve Force ships, overseen by the Maritime Administration, are old and rapidly approaching the end of their hull life, as are many of the senior engineers who are still qualified and able to work on the aging steam propulsion plants."

etc. etc.: Oct 8, 2018
Jan 6, 2018
and now comes a related question
The US Army is preparing to fight in Europe, but can it even get there?
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... the article goes on below due to size limit
 

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The Air Force Accidentally Dropped A Humvee Over North Carolina



A military vehicle was mistakenly dropped from a plane over Harnett County on Wednesday, but no person or property was damaged, according to Fort Bragg officials.

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as a Humvee, was to be dropped via parachute as part of a routine test at Fort Bragg, which is known as the Home of the Airborne.

The testing involved a pallet onto which the Humvee was loaded.

Tom McCollum, a post spokesman, said the vehicle was prematurely dropped from an Air Force C-17 about 1 p.m.

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The Air Force Accidentally Dropped A Humvee Over North Carolina



A military vehicle was mistakenly dropped from a plane over Harnett County on Wednesday, but no person or property was damaged, according to Fort Bragg officials.

The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, better known as a Humvee, was to be dropped via parachute as part of a routine test at Fort Bragg, which is known as the Home of the Airborne.

The testing involved a pallet onto which the Humvee was loaded.

Tom McCollum, a post spokesman, said the vehicle was prematurely dropped from an Air Force C-17 about 1 p.m.

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I'm sure somebody or other said more than a few "bad words"?? LOL, glad nobody was hurt, and nobody's house or car got flattened.....
 

Jura

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That happened two weeks ago.
LOL let's wait and see if
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turns the SDF into a fanboish site with soooooooooooo cooooooooooooool stuff being posted past each other

Marx (LOL sorry if Engels, after thirty+ years I really don't recall) claimed if there's a social need for something, some individual would always appear to fulfill it
 

Jeff Head

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Jeff do you mean to put VLS etc. on
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vessels?

from what I figured, they have something else to think about:

"The 46 Ready Reserve Force ships, overseen by the Maritime Administration, are old and rapidly approaching the end of their hull life, as are many of the senior engineers who are still qualified and able to work on the aging steam propulsion plants."

etc. etc.: Oct 8, 2018
While it would be GREAT to put an eight cell Mk-141 VLS on these ships with ESSM, even two of the eight cell luanchers would be worthwhile.

Add to that two Phalanx and two SeaRAM and you are in a position where they can have some chance with point defenses for whatever breaks through their escort.

We need to build more Fast Support ships liky the Supply class were that can keep p with the carriers.

As it is, he 14 Lewis and Clark T-AKE class dry cargos ships are relatively new, the oldest of which was commissioned in 2006. Arm them and they have lots of years left.

Do the same for the oiler T-OE Kiaser class. But they are older. 16 of them built between 1985 and 1995. But they new John Glenn class will be coming along in 2020. Six of the John Glenn class are already planned and funded. They will end up building at least 14 of them.

Still, IMHO, the US Navy needs to have more T-AOE like the four Supply class (two active and two in reay reserve). IMHO, the US Navy shuld build no fewer than 8 of them, and a better number would be 12. They are faster and should be full Navy class boats (as should the others IMHO), and they should be armed for self defense accordingly like they once were.
 

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...and they are right. IMHO, we should incrementally get back to close to a Regan era goal but make it 500 ships.


125 CG and DDG
80 FFGs
12 CVN
40 LHD/LHA/LPD/LSD
75 SSN/SSGN
12 SSBN
100 logistical
That't quite a ramp up in fleet size, do how do you see the FFG competition concluding? Do you think their is an appetite/capacity for the future FFG (X) to become the Perry for foreign Navies in the Pacific/China Sea?

I wonder as the FFG design becomes the standard if we will see the USN start selling off the LCS ?
 

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