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Blue Angels do transition on Super Hornet for end 2017 but don't forget "Mr Fat Albert " :p

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $12,053,076 for cost-plus-fixed-fee, delivery order 0002 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001) for non-recurring design and development engineering for an engineering change proposal for the “Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) Super Hornet Conversion.” Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri (82.8 percent); and El Segundo, California (17.2 percent), and is expected to be completed September 2017. Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $12,053,076 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity

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FORBIN

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haven't seen this graphics yet:

(comes from
Navy Ohio Replacement Sub Class to Be Named for D.C.
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Damage USN don' t replace also Ohio SSGN with it but with more long Virginia Block V and many suface combattants have enough LACM !
The first day of the Libyan War one OHIO SSGN have fired almost 100 Tomahawk for SEAD mission mainly, an very interesting capacity.
 

TerraN_EmpirE

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Sorry Forbin Something got lost in translation.
The Columbia Class is in tended to directly replace the SSBN Ohio class boats well Eventually the SSGN conversion Ohio's will retire likely to at first be phased out for Virginia Payloads until the USN decided to move to retire the Trident missile system either due to development of a successor SLBM or possible albeit incredibly less low likely wood of of total nuclear disarmament.
 

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Naval Today said:
In a ceremony at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., on July 28th, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 124, will be named Harvey C. Barnum Jr. in honor of the retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War.

Barnum also served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for reserve affairs and spoke at the ceremony.

“It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of Col. Barnum,” said Mabus. “I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by this Marine Corps hero.”

This is the sixth ship Mabus has named honoring a Medal of Honor recipient. Others have included John Finn (DDG 113), Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), and Woody Williams (T-ESB 4).

Arleigh-Burke class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. DDG 124 will be capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and will contain a combination of offensive and defensive weapon systems designed to support maritime warfare, including integrated air and missile defense and vertical launch capabilities.

The ship will be constructed at Bath Iron Works, a division of General Dynamics in Maine and is expected to enter the Navy fleet in 2024. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.
 

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Just so everyone knows, here's the current status of delivered F-35 aircraft to the US and around the world.

USAF F-35A - 99
USMC F-35B - 42
USN F-35C - 20
US Total - 161 Aircraft

UK - 8 F-35B
IsraelL - 1 F-35A
Italy - 3 F-35A
AUS - 2 F-35A
Neth - 2 F-35A
Norway - 4 F-35A
Int. Total - 20 Aircraft

181 Total 5th gen F-35 aircraft delivered

111 F-35A
52 F-35B
20 F-35C

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By the end of 2-16, the US willl havemore delivered, flying F-35 5th generation aircraft in service (though not fully operational) than F-22 aircraft.
 

FORBIN

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Allow me :) and you are a little generous hehe :)

UK 4 F-35B

For US in June/July to 1-2, delivered :

101 A delivered now those ordered in 2014 about 2 years for build so about 1.5/month
All tests units equiped so now for Hill 1st Sqn and Luke 2nd Sqn now

51 B, 1 all 2 months

27 C whose 6 USMC, 1 all 3 months
 
I didn't know Air Force Kicks Off Competitions for Two Critical Nuclear Programs
The Air Force moved ahead with two critical nuclear modernization programs on Friday, releasing requests for proposals for its intercontinental ballistic missile replacement and a nuclear cruise missile.

The Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), which replaces the 1960s-era Minutemen III ICBM, and the Long Range Standoff (LRSO) weapon, which will supersede the AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile, are seen by the service as pivotal for maintaining the nuclear triad and an effective strategic deterrent.

However, both programs have come under fire by lawmakers and analysts who assert that the the weapons are too costly, duplicative or even that they could add to global instability.

For the GBSD program, the Air Force plans to award up to two 36-month technology maturation and risk reduction contracts by the end of fiscal year 2017. After downselecting to a single bidder, it would then deploy the ballistic missile system in the late 2020s.

The service envisions GBSD as an integrated system that includes launch and command and control capability. It also wants the system to be flexible and adaptable to future threats, as well as effective in an anti-access, area-denied (A2/AD) environment — a task the aging Minuteman III ICBMs have trouble standing up to.

"This request for proposals is the next step to ensuring the nation's ICBM leg of the nuclear triad remains safe, secure and effective" Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson, Air Force program executive officer for strategic systems, said in a statement.

The fact that the service is pursuing a cost-plus contracting arrangement could invite congressional meddling. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has attacked the Air Force for its use of cost-plus contracts for the B-21 bomber, and is pressing for greater use of fixed-price deals where industry takes on greater risk.

GBSD proposals are due in October.

For the cruise missile competition, the Air Force plans on awarding up to two contract awards for LRSO technology maturation and risk reduction by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. By the end of this 54-month stage, contractors will have developed a preliminary design “with demonstrated reliability and manufacturability,” the service said in a news release.

After a competition, the Air Force will downselect a single vendor, with fielding scheduled to kick off by 2030.

Air Force leaders have argued that it needs a nuclear-armed cruise missile for its bomber fleet to have standoff capability against enemies with more sophisticated air defenses. The legacy ALCM, which was fielded in the 1980s, is still performing well considering its 10-year design life, but is becoming less effective as threats advance.

Speaking to a congressional panel in February, Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said LRSO “will ensure the bomber force can continue to hold high-value targets at risk in an evolving threat environment, to include targets within an area-denial environment.”

LRSO is planned to launch from the B-21, B-2 and B-52.
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C'est la vie, I guess:
"... the spread of technology means the US military dominance is not assured ..."

"The report certainly strikes a concerned tone, one that largely reaches the conclusion that the US will no longer be able to dominate the globe the way it has for the past 20 years. And that realization, the authors write, should guide how the US is spending its funding today."
Joint Force 2035: Lasers, Biotech and Global Instability
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