US Military Procurement at a Quarter Trillion in 2020

In 2020, the US military will spend nearly a quarter of trillion dollars to buy military weapons and hardware. The Navy will get the most at about $70 billion, then the air force at $57 billion. SOURCES- DOD Budget Written by Brian Wang Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science …

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US Navy Buys Four Large Robotic Submarine Drones

The US Navy will pay Boeing $43-million to buy four Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (Robotic submarine drones or XLUUVs). Boeing based its winning Orca XLUUV design on its Echo Voyager unmanned diesel-electric submersible. The 51-foot-long sub will launch from a pier and can operate autonomously while sailing up to 6,500 nautical miles without …

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China Has Radio Antenna to Talk to Submarines and It Covers Five Times Area of NY City

China has built a giant radio antenna that uses five times the area of New York City. It will be used to communicate with submarines. The Wireless Electromagnetic Method (WEM) project took 13 years and will emit extremely low-frequency radio waves (ELF waves). Those waves have been linked to cancer by the World Health Organisation. …

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Satellite photos show China is building 5 more nuclear submarines

Planet Lab satellite photos reveal that two of China’s four JIN (or 094)-class subs are undergoing maintenance or repairs at the Bohai shipyard. Three submarines are being built at Longpo and two subs are being built at the Bohai shipyard. Analysts Catherine Dill and colleague Jeffrey Lewis found that China had one more nuclear submarine …

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

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 to the installation of the missile tubes. Electric Boat admitted this week that the faulty …

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China will build more nuclear weapons for stronger deterrence

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 could still strike back if attacked. US construction of missile defense and improving conventional precision …

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US Navy returning to expensive Coldwar Seawolf-like sub hunters

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 submarine. During the cold war with the USSR, the US Navy focused on submarine hunting. …

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Possible game changer in detection of submarines

China will try to use lasers, microwave radar and a lot of computation to detect submarines down to 500-meter depth. Experiments carried out by the United States and former Soviet Union achieved maximum detection depths of less than 100 meters, according to openly available information. The detection depth has been extended in recent years by …

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India will be number three in world military spending

The US defence budget is about three times as large as China’s. China’s military spending was three times more than India in 2017. China percentage of GDP spent on defence was less than India’s. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) database, estimated that China’s military expenditure was USD 228 billion in 2017 while India …

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China also making large low-cost robotic submarine drones

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines according to scientists involved in artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. The AI-powered subs are expected to be vastly larger than existing torpedo sized robotic underwater drones. Torpedos are about 12 feet (4 meters long). …

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