Archive for November 30, 2011

The Future of Land Wars: Intense, High-Tech, Urban, Coastal

After the year 2020 ground wars will be more intense and concentrated in the world’s crowded coastal cities. That’s the consensus from a panel of experts including current and retired Army officers and professional analysts.

David Axe of AOL Defense approached five military experts and former leaders and asked what and where will the future battlefields be and what will our forces need to do be ready to fight those battles.

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New Carrier EMALS launches F-35C in testing

The Navy catapulted an F-35C into the air using its new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the first time on Nov. 18, the service announced Monday.

Testing the F-35C on EMALS provided an early opportunity to evaluate technical risks and began the process to integrate the carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter with the future carrier fleet aircraft launching system.

EMALS is the key to the future of aviation in not one, but two great navies — when the British switched their order from F-35Bs to Cs, they also became dependent on the success of the U.S. Navy’s electromagnetic catapults. In fact, you could argue the Royal Navy has an even greater need for EMALS, given that its Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers won’t be built with steam propulsion.

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Report confirms UK Harrier sale to US

back in the summer when there were rumblings the U.K. would sell some or all of its old Harriers to the U.S. to help out the Marine Corps?

Well, it’s true, Defense News confirmed on Sunday. Correspondents Christopher P. Cavas, Vago Muradian and Andrew Chuter wrote this:

Britain has agreed to sell all of its 74 decommissioned Harrier jump jets, along with engines and spare parts, to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps — a move expected to help the Marines operate Harriers into the mid-2020s and provide extra planes to replace aging two-seat F-18D Hornet strike fighters.

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Boeing updates status of 737 MAX engine program

Boeing has given an update on it’s 737 MAX engine program.

The 737, with this new-engine variant, will have 10-12 percent lower fuel burn than current 737s and a 7-percent operating cost advantage over the competition. The airplane will have the capacity for increased range while providing better fuel efficiency than today’s already-efficient 737.

When compared to a fleet of 100 of today’s most fuel-efficient airplanes, this new model will emit 277,000 fewer tons of CO2 and save nearly 175 million pounds of fuel per year, which translates into $85 million in cost savings. The airplane’s fuel burn is expected to be 16 percent lower than current competitor’s offering and 4 percent lower than their future offering.

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Army Re-Opens GCV competition

Army Secretary John McHugh Announced that the Army will reopen the Ground Combat Vehicle so that manufacturer SAIC can submit their redesigned Puma infantry fighting vehicle made for German military.

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