Development plans for the U.S. Navy 2014-2018 years

Development plans for the U.S. Navy 2014-2018 years
Increased attention, despite the reduction in funding, given to support the combat readiness of all carrier strike (AUG) and amphibious groups in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) and the Middle East.


Navy will receive from the industry in the 2015 fiscal year, a new heavy nuclear aircraft carrier «Gerald R. Ford» CVN-78, will conduct modernization and ensure operation of aircraft wings, based on existing nuclear aircraft carriers deploying additional fighter F/A-18 «Super Hornet» electronic warfare aircraft E/A-18 «growler» and the distant early warning and control E-2D «Hawkeye.»


In 2014, the fleet will receive a new amphibious assault ship «America» LHA-6 and extend the life of landing craft air cushion type LCAC landing assault ships with carriers, transforming them into a boat for communication with the shore SSC (Ship to Shore Connector) . Continue funding development programs from the newest nuclear submarine ballistic missile (SSBN) to substitute the existing class SSBNs «Ohio», also providing technical support to groups of these boats in the fleet.


Increased attention will be paid in the Navy deployment of new and improved electronic means with a superior noise immunity, infrared sensors and weapons, integrated fire control network linking the ships, aircraft and tactical air command posts. Navy expand the introduction of the electric range and cyberspace for military purposes, deploying 20 additional E/A-18G «growler», continuing the development of the next generation jammer to conduct EW airspace. Will continue to supply new equipment for electronic warfare programmke improvements for surface ships that will allow to increase the ability to detect destroyers and anti-radar and anti-ship missiles of the enemy. During the next 3 years will significantly expand the fleet offensive capabilities in cyberspace and promote active cyber defense through additional verbovaniya 976 professionals to conduct such operations and 40 special units.


For dominance in the world ocean submarine fleet replenished 10 nuclear submarines with missile torpedo type «Virginia» (SSN-774). Will purchase additional helicopters MH-60R «Sihouk» and maritime patrol aircraft P-8A «Poseidon» finalized torpedo defense system, which in 2014 will be deployed on the nuclear aircraft carrier «George Bush.»


Navy will hold steady improvement in all sonar to detect submarines deployed in the world’s oceans. Will be supplied to the latest functional towed antenna for surface ships. Develop unmanned underwater vehicles to increase the effectiveness of the water.


Improving ship of the U.S. Navy is scheduled to be accomplished through the deployment of more modern and effective weapons systems, sensors and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Among the priorities mentioned systems guided antiaircraft missiles SM-6 missiles distant acts to destroy ground and surface targets, shipboard radar, hopefully unobtrusive autonomous reconnaissance and strike complex shipborne UCLASS (Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike), which should be first unmanned aircraft system to be deployed on nuclear aircraft carriers and providing round the clock continuous semi-autonomous reconnaissance and strike operations performed deck UAV rotorcraft UAV MQ-8C «Fire Scout.»


In accordance with the plans to expand the presence of the South American fleet in the Pacific Rim. By 2020 there is planned to see the number of ships by 10 units and bring their total number in the region to about 60. By 2020, 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft will be based on the U.S. West Coast and in the Pacific. In addition, Guam will position submarines and one AUG, one amphibious group will be based in the Land of the Rising Sun.


To increase the presence of the fleet at the forefront and support combat operations in further five years deployed two landing platform MLP (Mobile Landing Platform), two advanced floating base AFSB (Afloat Forward Staging Base), 10 high-speed transport ships, catamarans JHSV (Joint High Speed ​​Vessel) and eight warships coastal LCS (Littoral Combat Ship). All this will be part of the ship served mixed crews of military and civilian sailors on a rotational basis, that will allow to keep these forces at the forefront for a long time using destroyers and amphibious ships in other regions.


In 2014, two destroyers were transferred to Spain on the base «Rota». In 2015, to be joined by two destroyers, filled with functional systems «Aegis» to ensure tasks U.S. missile defense and NATO countries. In Bahrain, the funds will be based mine defense and patrol vessels operating tasks in the Gulf region.


U.S. Navy plans for five years coordinated with the construction plan of the fleet in the coming 30 years, which were submitted to Congress for approval. According to the latest specified required little fleet in the amount of 306 units. Temp substitute ship of the designated population, with an average duration of 35 years of operation of the ship will be 8.7 times a year. On average, each year the U.S. Navy will receive from the shipbuilding industry 8.2 combat unit, whereas the more fleet of early development plans envisaged transfer fleet once a year and more than 10 ships.



Nicholas Beginners, editor ARMS-TASS Agency

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