Thursday, December 03, 2009

Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) images...

Surfed the JMSDF website tonight and ran across a few pics.  Of interest (at least to me) are a few photos of the DDH-181's hangar area.  They'll have to definitely plus size the ship if its going to become expeditionary.

SOCOM Flies...literally...

Words can't even describe how cool this is. Check it out over at Gizmodo!

Oshkosh...the new Defense Giant!

Thanks Johnathan.  He passed along this news story regarding the M-ATV and Sec. Gates feelings toward it....this is via Reuters....

US eyes 5,000 more MRAPS for Afghan surge - Gates

Thu Dec 3, 2009 3:25pm EST
WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The surge of U.S. forces inAfghanistan will likely require an additional 4,000 to 5,000MRAP all-terrain vehicles beyond those previously budgeted,U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said....

I said before but in case you missed it, let me say it again.  Oshkosh is set to become a major player in the Defense Industry (bigger than they are now).  This statement by Gates, if it turns out to be true, will spell the death bell for the JLTV, will force the services to integrate new tech into the M-ATV, will shut out BAE and General Dynamics and AMC General from the combat vehicle market and with the M1 set to continue service for decades.  With the Army probably going to have to use the Stryker for the foreseeable future and with the Marines being in love with the MTVR...they will be the new giant.  How much is stock in Oshkosh selling for?????

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I've been hitting the EFV website looking for news and updates on the program...especially with all the controversy surrounding it.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.  Its remained unchanged for the past 6 months.  Same with the Marine Personnel Carrier site over at Marine Corps Systems Command.  I went over to the manufacturers site for further info and again nothing.  Are they trying to telegraph bad news?'s another look at the EFV.  Hopefully it won't go down as a program that should have continued but got sacked.  If it does I'm blaming General Dynamics and a program office that took there sweet time when they should have been balls to the walls with the effort.

Regardless check out the links and enjoy the video.  They all might become historical documents pretty soon.

Protector USV...solution to littoral combat...

Littoral combat. That's the issue of the day for the US Navy. A simple solution already in service is the Protector USV. For some reason medium sized UGV/USV/UWV are having a hard time gaining acceptance in the services. Only the Air Force (which I have been a critic of) seems to have adopted to this most promising form of future combat. The Protector USV would immediately solve a whole host of problems for our Navy and Coast Guard when it comes to the protection of ships at sea and docked at pier side.

The Navy of Singapore already operates a couple of these USV's and so does the Israeli Navy. With these in service along with other assets then the US Navy is more than capable of handling the littoral zone on the cheap. Out the box thinking during a time of fiscal austerity!

Stats from Wiki...

PS.  Will someone please explain to me how BAE, Lockheed Martin and Rafael all be involved with this one little boat?!!?  I thought that we had consolidated the arms industry!

General specifications

  • Length: 9 m (30 ft)
  • Engine: Diesel
  • Propulsion: Water jet
  • Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h)
  • Navigation: Radar, GPS and INS
  • Sensors: TOPLITE electro-optic surveillance and targeting system (incorporating FLIR, Digital CCD surveillance camera and laser rangefinders)
  • Armament: Mini-Typhoon stabilized weapon system