Sounds Like Some Activity Stirring in Surface Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems

By Richard Sterk, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51)   U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly.  (RELEASED)

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly. (RELEASED)

The U.S. Navy’s Surface ASW Combat Systems Integration program will likely hold at an average of $23.5 million to almost $29 million per year over the next several years as the SQQ-89(V) is integrated into DDG-51 class destroyers and CG-47 class cruisers.

This program is tasked with improving existing surface ship undersea warfare sonar system capabilities through the development of quick and affordable technologies in support of littoral ASW, theater ASW, mine reconnaissance, and overall Sea Shield efforts. It also includes R&D toward improving the SQQ-89 Surface ASW Combat System. New shore trainer capabilities are also being developed. Continue reading

U.S. Navy the Clear Winner in Senate Armed Services Committee Markup

by Shaun McDougall, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

CVN 73 Carrier Strike Group (Source: US Navy)

CVN 73 Carrier Strike Group (Source: US Navy)

The U.S. Navy came out as the clear winner in the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the FY16 defense authorization bill, receiving funding for additional aircraft, ships, and weapons. The results were more mixed for the Air Force and Army. The legislation, approved by the SASC on May 14 by a vote of 22 to four, supports the president’s budget request level of $612 billion for the Department of Defense and security programs in the Department of Energy. That level exceeds current defense budget caps, so the committee provides an additional $38 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account, which is not subject to spending limits. This move mirrors the GOP budget resolution, as well as the House’s version of the FY16 defense policy bill.

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U.S. Navy’s $2.7 Billion Wish List Includes Additional Super Hornets and Joint Strike Fighters

by Shaun McDougall, Forecast International.

F/A-18F Super Hornet (Source: U.S. Navy)

F/A-18F Super Hornet
(Source: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy last month delivered to Congress a $2.7 billion procurement wish list, above and beyond the service’s $44.3 billion procurement tab in the FY16 base budget and $418.8 million for procurement contained in the Overseas Contingency Operations account. The bulk of the funding in the unfunded priorities list would pay for additional F/A-18F Super Hornets and F-35C Joint Strike Fighters.

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