F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon developments and canceling the only missile program that […]
US Plans Radical Upgrade of Stryker Brigades If the US Army can manage to keep its future budgets in line with current projections, the service will transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored “double V-hull” (DVH) configuration. The Army already fields two DVH brigades while a third is in the works […]
ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. […]
The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. This article oversimplifies a lot of things about tanks and jumps to a lot of conclusions about their obsolescence, but it does contain a lot of interesting information about the state of the armor-building industry. BAE: […]
Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists It’s the inverse of the federal budget world these days, in which automatic spending cuts are leaving sought-after pet programs struggling or unpaid altogether. Republicans and Democrats for years have fought so bitterly that lawmaking in Washington ground to a near-halt. Yet in the case of […]
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Lockheed: No Sequestration Layoff Notices This Year Violating the law in order to not issue layoff notices before the election at the request of the White House. McCain promises to block WARN Act payments McCain says he’ll block the payments the White House has promised defense companies warning companies they have a choice whether to […]
Does anyone know if all of the Phalanxes in the active fleet have been upgraded to Block 1B? Based on earlier purchase schedules, Murdoc would guess that there are still quite a few waiting to be upgraded. More info on the Phalanx CIWS here.