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militaryNext US Navy submarine has a big welding flaw and incompetent contractors

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The US Navy is spending $128 billion to build twelve Columbia-class nuclear missile submarines. A costly mistake on ballistic missile tubes almost passed undetected. Contractor BWX discovered welding problems and notified primary builder Electric Boat. This led to a halt …

militaryRussia’s only aircraft carrier has a big hole in it

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Russia’s only aircraft carriers has a 215 square foot hole. The aircraft carrier was leaving an 80,000 ton floating dock after repairs. There was a 70 ton crane on the dock which fell and broke a hole in the aircraft …

chinaChina establishing 225 square mile robotic ship test area

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China is making 225 square nautical miles of ocean into test site for robotic warships. The Wanshan Marine Test Site will be largest robot ship test area. They are setting up satellite navigation, electro optical sites, sonar, and datalinks. The …

chinaChina will build more nuclear weapons for stronger deterrence

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China has a policy of striking back with nuclear weapons if they are hit first. Chinese experts have started to worry that this second-strike credibility is eroding. They believe China needs more and better nuclear weapons to show that it …

franceFrance studying future replacement aircraft carrier

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France will replace their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and plan to make a decision on the replacement aircraft carrier at the start of 2020. They will take 18 months for a study to determine what and how they want …

militaryRussian catamaran aircraft carrier would have good air power for size

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Russia showed off a ship model and design for a small catamaran aircraft carrier. It would have less than half the weight than a US super-carrier but would have almost half the planes and close to the same flight deck. …

militaryUS Navy returning to expensive Coldwar Seawolf-like sub hunters

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The US Navy’s next SSN(X) fast attack submarine will focus on hunting Chinese and Russian submarines. The next-generation attack submarine will be faster, stealthier and have more torpedoes than the Virginia class. They will be similar to the Seawolf class …

hypersonicGeneration Orbit rocket designated X-60A hypersonic test rocket

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The Air Force has designated the GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle as X-60A. The vehicle is being developed by Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. under contract to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems …

airplanesChina’s two aircraft carriers photographed together

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There some online pictures of both of China’s aircraft carriers at the port in Dalian. China has two aircraft carriers: the refurbished carrier Liaoning and a second ship the Type 002 is currently undergoing sea trials. Liaoning is expected to …

air forceUS defense spending will surge past $1 trillion per year and get surprisingly little

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The US spends $890 billion on defense in 2019 . Continuing this rate of spending will mean the US Navy would shrink to 230 ships in 2047. Increasing costs for ships and planes and other military equipment cannot be contained. …