Replacing the five original LHAs was an urgent requirement; the ships were old, had been worked hard, and had reached the end of their operational lives. When the first of the replacement ships was designed, a number of key decisions that seemed logical at the time have since become questionable. Of these, the most controversial has been the deletion of the well deck and the resulting reliance on aircraft to carry out the ships’ missions. In reality, the new ships were LPHs rather than LHAs. Continue reading
By Andrew Dardine, Forecast International.
Based on projections in the FY15 defense budget, the U.S. Navy is planning to devote $723 million in RDT&E funding over the next 10 years on development of a Ship Self-Defense System to address the threat to Navy ships from supersonic missiles. The SSDS will integrate sensors and electronic countermeasures into a single combat/protection system. The SSDS program specifically focuses on developing better techniques for integrating equipment that has already been developed and is in use, such as radars and weapons systems, to counter the growth of new anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) threats.