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Navy Unveils Record Budget, Pushing Above 300 Ships

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The US Navy now says it’ll reach 355 ships by 2034, while whacking F-35Bs and a carrier from its five-year plan. What’s the strategy?

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Pentagon To Retire USS Truman Early, Shrinking Carrier Fleet To 10

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons — but Congress is sure to explode in outrage.

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India Is Going Big on New Fighters; Lockheed, Boeing Pledge Indian Plants

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Boeing, Lockheed, Dassault Aviation of France, the European Eurofighter consortium, Sweden’s Saab, and United Aircraft Corporation of Russia are all jockeying for position for an Indian fighter contract worth $15 billion for 110 planes, and an $8 billion navy program of around 60 aircraft.

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Three Attack Subs ‘Not Certified To Dive’; Navy F-35s at 15 Percent Readiness

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CAPITOL HILL: Navy readiness is “heading in the wrong direction,” the Government Accountability Office told the Senate this morning, with only 15 percent of Navy F-35Cs rated “fully mission capable.” At the same hearing, a four-star admiral acknowledged three nuclear-powered attack submarines were still stuck awaiting overhaul, with the USS Boise expected to be out of action… Keep reading →

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F-35C Joins Integrated Carrier Ops; Refueling Mishap: Videos Etc.

Posted by Colin Clark on


ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN: The Navy dragged its feet for years after committing to buy the F-35C for carrier operations. They worried it would be too expensive to maintain. They worried the tailhook problems would persist. They worried it was too heavy. Let’s face it: the Navy leadership was just worried. After all, they… Keep reading →

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Despite Trump’s Rhetoric, U.S. Defense Firms Pitch Moving Production To India

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As big defense firms line up to pitch their fighter planes to India, the government of Narendra Modi is demanding they build in India, something that might be at odds with the Trumpian America First philosophy.

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Navy, Boeing Tout Block III Super Hornet As Partner For F-35

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Once touted by President Trump himself as an alternative to the F-35, the souped-up Super Hornet is now firmly established as its partner.

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Navy Backing Off 355 Ships, But Closer on Refueling Drone

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There was some good news, and some bad news, for the Navy on Monday.

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Aussie F-35A Drives Historic Shift To USAF Focus From USN

Posted by Murielle Delaporte on


RAAF BASE WILLIAMTOWN: The unique capabilities of the 72 F-35As Australia will buy are driving the close US ally to rethink and build new infrastructure to protect the aircraft’s highly classified stealth capabilities, as well as its data, Air Commodore Michael Kitcher said during a visit here. The Royal Australian Air Force Air Combat Group Commander is… Keep reading →

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Navy Buys Lots More Fighters; Ships Up Slightly But 355 Not In Sight

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PENTAGON: The U.S. Navy’s budget is growing by over $12 billion in 2019, and more ships are on their way – but not enough to get to the hoped-for 355-ship fleet any time before the 2050s. In unveiling its $194.1 billion budget for the 2019 fiscal year on Monday, Navy officials highlighted the increase in… Keep reading →

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