Friday the 13th Linkzookery – 13 Jul 2012

Gender-neutral Ford layout nixes urinals
That’s not really “gender-neutral.” Murdoc hopes they’ve put as much thought into the combat capabilities of the ship as they’re putting into the politically-correct capabilities. This story suddenly makes him skeptical.

MoD confirms Olympic missile plans
Rapier and Starstreak surface-to-air missiles are to be deployed at sites around London in order to defend the Olympic Games.

U.S. considering whether to extend stay of aircraft carriers in waters around Iran
Might keep a second flat top on station over there through at least the end of the year.

Beacon improves UAV’s cargo-delivery accuracy
Making the K-MAX even maxier.

King Air 350 Grows Into ISR Mission
MO has been following the King Air-based MC-12W Liberty for a few years. I’m not surprised it continues to be in demand. Background here.

US Navy’s Super Hornet AESA radar retrofit enables legacy upgrade
As F/A-18E and F Super Hornets upgrade to the AN/APG-79 AESA radar, the APG-73s will go to F/A-18A, B, and C models with older APG-65 sets.

Alenia unveils Spartan gunship AF won’t receive
Would have been a 30mm GAU-23 in an MC-27J. The C-27 program is still cancelled.

Harper moves for presence in Strait of Hormuz with HMCS Regina deployment
HMCS Regina sailed Tuesday from British Columbia to replace HMCS Charlottetown in the Arabian Gulf.

100-year-old Battleship Texas closes indefinitely after several leaks flood bottom levels
The old girl is really struggling. Murdoc hopes they can get things straightened out.

Rail Master Tactical Light
New rail-mounted pistol light from Crimson Trace.

Most MPs back ditching the JSF fighter jet, despite the cost
Dutch government is getting tired of cost increases and delays in the F-35 program.

Target areas announced for SEAL diversity
In the list of the top 100 most important things for the SEALs to do, Murdoc would think “improve diversity” would rank about 973rd.

Vet convicted under Stolen Valor Act doesn’t want his record cleared
The only person convicted under the law which was recently ruled unconstitutional says he got what he deserved.

Comments

  1. Re: the lack of urinals and the quota targets for the SEALs. Add to that the Pentagon’s recent Pride Day and it doesn’t look good where the future of the military is heading. The leftward march continues and the so-called conservative republicans do nothing to impede it.

  2. Target areas announced for SEAL diversity

    Does that mean the SEALS will have to start accepting BUD/S candidates from the whimp Army, Air Force and Coast Guard?

    Semper Fi and Anchors Away Gang!

      1. I read it as “SEALS told to advertise more to minorities” although I still don’t understand the purpose.

  3. Gender-neutral Ford layout nixes urinals
    That’s the least of my concerns with the old “slip-‘n-fall”.
    First, $42 Billion+ is being spent on only 3 ships — a colossal waste regardless of the type of ship or any capabilities it has;
    http://www.acq.osd.mil/ara/am/sar/SST-2011-12.pdf
    Watch those SARs for a change in the “Baseline Year” — an act of statistical fraud constantly used by the DoD, to conceal the total costs of a project (costs before the “baseline year” are not tracked after that point in time, once it’s changed).
    Second, those EM catapults replace “cold cats” with short-circuits, “hot cats” with power surges, and steam explosions with capacitor explosions. It also costs many times more than an equal-power steam catapult, risks frying the electronics in the ship and/or it’s aircraft, and the EMP spike it generates can be instantly located at gear distances by modern radar systems — perhaps by cruise missiles in flight, looking for a target reference.
    Third, our current carriers are falling to pieces faster than the even MORE complex, expensive, and too-slow-to-build Fords could *possibly* replace them.
    Fourth, what’s “Plan B” for the USN’s carrier program, should the Ford class follow the path of the SSN-21 Seawolf, or the DDG-31 Decatur?
    There’s more problems besides that, but there’s more articles to respond to as well…

    MoD confirms Olympic missile plans
    Those are the worst SAMs ever built — they’re RADIO-CONTROLLED for god’s sake, just like a toy airplane! In the Falklands War, the British claimed they accomplished at least 13 kills with the Rapier… which was soon uncovered to be NONE. The Blowpipe missile (a MANPADS “mini-Rapier”), which was used by both sides, had the same result.
    Even the Patriot missile at least managed to hit SOME of the targets it was fired at.

    U.S. considering whether to extend stay of aircraft carriers in waters around Iran
    That place is a hotbed of missiles, artillery, FACs, mines, submarines, and a hostile air force of considerable size. Not a smart place to park a CBG.

    Beacon improves UAV’s cargo-delivery accuracy
    This sounds like the way the US military spins the story on a weapon system that can’t hit anything, like the Patriot, Copperhead, the Sergeant York, the Sensor Fuzed Weapon, etc. — so, they do stuff like adding a homing beacon (which presumably would also attract the attention of artillery fire observers in future wars), or in the case of weapon performance evaluations;
    M247 Sergeant York: Set-off the target drones by radio with TNT.
    Copperhead: Hide the unpleasant facts, at least until the money is in the manufacturer’s bank account.
    MIM-104 Patriot: Pretend it ever hit anything.
    CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon: Heat-up the target with so many hotplates, it glows red.
    K-MAX: Put a radio homing device at the intended dropzone, because the guidance method that was the Raison D’etre of the program doesn’t work.

    King Air 350 Grows Into ISR Mission
    This is possibly the ONLY program in the Pentagon that turned-out well in the past 10 years — if not the past 30.

    US Navy’s Super Hornet AESA radar retrofit enables legacy upgrade
    I’m surprised we actually still *have* and A or B Hornets left. Also, this story doesn’t seem to mention how this “upgrade” will affect the reliability or operating costs of the Hornets.

    Alenia unveils Spartan gunship AF won’t receive
    This is just a further extension of the C-27 debacle, one of the biggest procurement disasters that almost everyone either doesn’t know of or appreciates the significance of. It’s also possibly the most appalling, because the reason it’s a scandal is the opposite of the norm — it actually works correctly, and at the same time, the USAF hates it.

    100-year-old Battleship Texas closes indefinitely after several leaks flood bottom levels
    This sounds like it’s getting to be as bad as the state of the USS Olympia…

    Most MPs back ditching the JSF fighter jet, despite the cost
    *Despite* the price?! What was the editor smoking when they came-up with a title like *that*? The complete Project Cost is going into the TRILLIONS!;
    http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2012/07/09/f-35-nearly-doubles-in-cost-but-you-dont-know-thanks-to-its-rubber-baseline/
    All that money, for an aircraft that won’t even have done more than 3% of all scheduled testing until AFTER it enters service, and even then won’t explore more than 17% of all total flight characteristics — and that only has a 30% commonality of parts between only 3 variants;
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/winslow-t-wheeler/primer-on-f-35-performanc_b_562621.html

    Target areas announced for SEAL diversity
    Gender quotas reflect political bias, not diversity.

    Vet convicted under Stolen Valor Act doesn’t want his record cleared
    Who would have thought that a Walt would decry Walting?

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