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Discussion in 'The Americas' started by brain_dead, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. SvenSvensonov

    SvenSvensonov MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    VR training gear being shown off at West 17. The Navy already uses VR for training crews on ships and subs, but it looks to be proliferating even more.

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2017) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 conducts aerial refueling operations with a KC-10A Extender over the Pacific Ocean. VFA-115 is traveling from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., to complete the strike fighter advanced readiness program.

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    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. (Feb. 18, 2017) Equipment Operator 3rd Class Mathew Clem, left, and Builder 2nd Class Brandon Rowe, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, stand inside their fighting position during a field training exercise at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

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    ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 26, 2017) Gunner's Mate Seaman David Gonzalez stands watch at a remote operator console for a Mark 38 .25 mm machine gun aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) during a general quarters drill.

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    MOBILE, Ala. (Feb. 25, 2017) Navy Diver 2nd Class Alex Ondina plays tic-tac-toe with a young boy while submerged in a dive tank during Navy Week Mobile. Navy Week programs serve as the Navy's principal outreach effort in areas of the country without a significant Navy presence.

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    NORFOLK (Feb. 25, 2016) The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) departs Naval Station Norfolk for a deployment. Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe and the Middle East.

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    PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 24, 2017) Sailors conduct a foreign object debris walkdown on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).

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    PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom (Feb. 24, 2017) Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) participate in an anti-terrorism force protection drill during flag officer sea training.

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    TRUJILLO, Honduras (Feb. 21, 2017) Lt. Cmdr. Paul Mayo, assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., conducts an eye exam on a patient at the Continuing Promise 2017 (CP-17) medical site in Trujillo, Honduras. CP-17 is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian assistance, training engagements, and medical, dental, and veterinary support in an effort to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America.
     
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    MC-130 Forward Arming and Refueling Point servicing an F-22.

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    Polarized Lead Zirconium Titanate flash blindness goggles. PLZT goggles are one of several countermeasures (including thermal screens) the crews of B-2A and B-52H use during a nuclear strike to protect themselves from the flash of a detonation.
     
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    I love the Presidential MV-22, shown here on USS Gerald R. Ford.

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    The President, in this case President Trump arriving on USS Gerald R. Ford, typically flies in a VH-3D.

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    The VH-3D is to be replaced starting this year (2017) by the S-92.

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    Militaries are often thought of as being decidedly non-environmentally friendly, but the USN is not just at the forefront of green technologies in the US, but climate science across the globe.

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    A few of ONR's more public programs and successes.

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    VR tech
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    REMUS 600
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    Laser Weapon System
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    Virtual Environment system
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    Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator
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    Drills in the Western Pacific.

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    The US Air Force’s Updated E-3G Radar Planes Are Vulnerable to Hacks

    However, the E-3Gs demonstrated "inaccurate track quality data processing and inconsistent IFF [Identify Friend or Foe] response displays to the operator."

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    The Air Force also noted that the upgraded Electronic Support Measures system remained "not reliable."


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    E-3 of 552nd Air Control Wing takes off from Nellis Air Force Base during Red Flag 16-2 exercise in March 2016. Photo: USAF


    Prior to Red Flag, however, the Block 40/45 had already failed a critical test—a three-week long Cooperative Vulnerability and Penetration Assessment to determine how easy it was to hack the E-3G and its ground support system under realistic operational conditions.

    "E-3G version 3.0 and supporting Block 40/45 ground systems are highly vulnerable to cyber threats and not survivable," the report tersely states.

    That result finally led the program executive officer to decline to certify the E-3G as ready for follow-on operational testing, bringing the trials to a temporary halt. They are slated to recommence in two years once the software has been revised to address the demonstrated shortcoming.

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    @SvenSvensonov sir why US Air force and US Nevy uses different kind of refueling system. I mean one uses probe while the other uses drogue method. Isn't it a logistical headache to maintain two different incompatible types of refueling systems.
    Most of the world use drogue method.
    What's the main advantages and disadvantages?
     
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    The Boom method was designed by the USAF to refuel strategic bombers as quickly as possible to maintain deterrence flights or drop munitions and egress before fighter, interceptor or missile defenses could react. It's a fast system, quicker at delivering fuel then a Drogue method, but it's also difficult and requires a dedicated and trained operator to use. The USAF also has access to in-land bases and can make use of extended range aircraft, basically modified commercial airliners to perform aerial refueling at stand-off distances, keeping the tanker out of harms way.

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    The USAF does have Drogue refueling options too, as helicopters and many foreign aircraft use this method and interoperability is vital. The KC-135 can be fitted with a Hose and Drogue refueling system.

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    The USN doesn't have the luxury of space. It has ports in friendly nations, some with large airstrips, but they're too infrequent and too far spread to be a viable tanker basing option. While the Drogue method is slower at delivering fuel, the system is smaller and can fit a wider array of aircraft, as well as service more then one at a time. Because it can be fitted to multiple aircraft, the USN can use aircraft already stationed on its carriers for aerial refueling without needing a dedicated platform like the KC-46a above.

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    This arrangement saves the USN money and vital space while allowing it greater flexibility and lessening its reliance on land-based support components. The downside is that the Drogue method, and aircraft using it, tend to have shorter ranges and are more suited for tactical, rather then strategic refueling. But this is fine since the USN doesn't currently operate any strategic aircraft, having had its nuclear strike capability moved exclusively to submarines.

    The A-3 Skywarrior was the last strategic aircraft the United States Navy operated. It too could be used as a tanker aircraft with the Hose and Drogue system.

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    Installing reactive armour on Abrams tank.
     
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    Expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Fall River (T-EPF-4) arrives in Hambantota for exercise Pacific Partnership 2017.

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    Lesser news items:

    The Mossberg 500A2 has received an upgrade called "Military Enhancement Kit" going from this:
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    VL-Hellfire has been launched from an LCS for the first time. It's designed to rapidly engage swarm boats.
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    M1A2s in Eastern Europe are being up-armored with ERA blocks and other goodies.
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    A-10s are also exploring counter fast boat options. They put their skills to use during exercise Combat Hammer using cluster munitions and PGMs to engage multiple armed swarm boats.
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    The M27, a variant of the HK416, is fast becoming the United States Marine Corps goto machine gun.
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    The B-52H is once again receiving upgrades. New cockpit displays, rotary racks, electronic support gear and possibly new engines as well.
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    A-10s practice pulverizing technical with guns and PGMs.

     

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