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ANAers – There’s a whole lot happening – regardless of what part of the ‘community” you consider….maritime patrol, helos, go-fasters, ships and, GOD BLESS THEM, Aviation Bos’n Mates – somewhere in the mix of defense reviews and budget submissions, etc, you’ll find them. Now is the time to read up, to truly find out what is happening – and where needed to contact your leadership AND legislators and tell them what they need to do – what they need to support – to keep Naval Aviation at the sharpest point of the spear – that force for victory and peace. Our informal survey about adding a web-based capability for membership renewals and financial gift giving was overwhelmingly for adding that to our web site at http://www.anahq.org/. We will get that done ASAP. Another survey, done outside these pages, indicates that the frequwency of BULLHORNS is about what membership wants. It also showed that the hyperlink feature that gives point and click navigation from the INDEX listing is useful; we will continue that.
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US Navy Reserve in Action - Haiti DEFENSE REVIEWS and BUDGET ACTIONS Navy closes BNAS runways 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review USS Carl Vinson Departs Haiti Fiscal Year 2011 Department of the Navy Budget Submission Mayport To Get Nuclear Aircraft Carrier Carrier Bush Returned To Navy Navy Copter Unit Gets New Leader Commander Indian Navy To Induct MiG-29K Fighter Jets Lockheed Strengthening Fuselage In Navy’s F-35 Model Gates Fires Head of F-35 Fighter Jet Program Navy Seeks Boost To Shipbuilding Fund, No Money For F/A-18E/F Multi-Year Navy Requests Nine Ships, 206 Aircraft in FY-11; New Command Ship, EFV Delayed Proposed Defense Budget Paves Way For Carrier Base In Florida F-35 Issues U.K. Backs BAE Carrier Project
Our US Navy Reserve forces have been in the thick of Haiti relief ops from the first shake.
Especially of note have been the RV folks – including VR-56 at NAS Oceana - and individual reservists deployed to Haiti. Please take a look at their message at https://www.navyreserve.navy.mil/Ready%20Now/Lists/Archive/Attachments/19/Ready%20Now%20F ebruary%202010%20-%20On-Demand%20Expertise%20FINAL.pdf contact Benjamin.Bownas@navy.mil for details RETURN TO INDEX
A lot has been happening regarding defense reviews and budget submissions: The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a 7MB .pdf file that can be found at
http://www.defense.gov/qdr/QDR%20as%20of%2029JAN10%201600.pdf The Ballistic Missile Defense review is a 3 MB file that can be found at http://www.defense.gov/bmdr/BMDR%20as%20of%2026JAN10%200630_for%20web. pdf The DOD FY2011 Budget Request is a 7MB file that can be found at http://comptroller.defense.gov/budget.html Transcripts for:
• the QDR and Missile defense review briefing can be found at http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4550 • FY2011 Budget Request briefing can be found at http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=4551 The presentation slides/etc are found at the hyperlink at the beginning of each respective briefing. The full 2011 Budget Submit is a 7MB file which I have and can send at your request.
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From atop the control tower, Brunswick Naval Air Station Air Operations Officer David Ivezic points out all the runway lights that will go dark tonight as the base shuts down its runways. At 10 p.m. today, Brunswick Naval Air Station will hold a brief ceremony to mark the end of Navy aviation at the base. (Troy R. Bennett / The Times Record)
By Seth Koenig, Times Record Staff
Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 2:10 PM EST
BRUNSWICK — At 10 p.m. today, the lights at Brunswick Naval Air Station’s airfield will be drawn up to their maximum brightness. Then, light by light, the airfield will go black. The silent display will signal the official end of more than a half century of military airfield operations in Brunswick. The closure of the base airport — which consists of twin 8,000-foot runways and a control tower built in 2006, among other things — is another step in the incremental shutdown of the 3,200-acre base property. By May 2011, the entire base is scheduled to be closed as an active duty military installation. “This is probably, up to this point, the most visible symbol of our closing”,Capt. William Fitzgerald, commanding officer of Brunswick Naval Air Station, told The Times
Record on Thursday. “Even the squadrons coming and going, that was always happening. Even recently, we still had some planes taking off and landing here. But when you finally shut down the light and put the Xs on the runways, it’s a big milestone. There will be no more planes.” Cmdr. David Ivezic is the head of the base’s air operations department, and also a pilot. “I’ve been to the airports in Wiscasset and Bowdoinham, and I’ve talked to a lot of pilots in the community. I’m getting the sense that, ‘Wow, this is going to be a big loss’, Ivezic said. “This is going to leave a big hole in the aviation community.” Ivezic said that while final decisions haven’t been made, the most junior member of his air operations staff will likely turn the lights off for the last time, while the most senior member of the crew will broadcast the airfield’s last transmission. Both jobs will be performed from the top of the 130-foot-tall control tower, which overlooks the runways from the western edge of the base property. “It’s kind of a ceremonial thing,…; Ivezic said. “We’ll bring it up to the max lights — get the place lit up like a big Christmas tree — and then shut them down.” What will the last transmission sound like? Air Controlman 1st Class Keith Piccirello, who was one of two sailors manning the control tower Wednesday morning, said that will be determined by whoever is ultimately chosen to give the transmission. “It’ll be up to him what he wants to say,…; said Piccirello. “(Maybe he will say,) ‘This is the last transmission from Naval Air Station Brunswick.’ Then he’ll have to hand over control of the air space to Portland. Ivezic said the Federal Aviation Administration will maintain the Brunswick control tower after the Navy ceases use of its aviation facilities, but said air traffic control duties would be performed remotely using the equipment at Portland International Jetport. Fitzgerald said the process of shutting down the base airfield began more than 10 months ago. “It will no longer be NAS Brunswick air space, and all that has to be accounted for,…; he said. “Memorandums of agreement for different air space areas had to be canceled out. ... It may seem easy at the end to just turn off the lights, but an awful lot of stuff had to happen to get us there.” With the airfield shut down, Ivezic’s crews will spend their time packing up aviationrelated equipment and shipping it to other military bases or federal organizations for use. Some of the equipment, he said, will stay in Brunswick to be used by civilians hoping to take over airport operations in the coming months. In the case of a permanent closure, Ivezic said, the numbers and markings on the
runways are generally gouged out of the asphalt. However, anticipating a transfer of the airfield property to civilian redevelopers, he said the Navy will place temporary yellow X marks instead. The X marks are about 10-feet-by-60-feet, and are light material that will be weighed down by cinder blocks or other heavy objects. “We are not going to damage the runways or their numbers in any way”, he said. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the organization in charge of guiding the civilian reuse of the base, expects to assume control of 850 acres associated with the airfield by late August or early September to open a civilian airport there. The new airport will focus on housing private airplanes and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses, not passenger or freight service. But that will be after as many as nine months of darkness at the airfield and decades of very different uses. “In 1943, the base was initially established, and from training Canadian and British pilots for World War II, to all the things this base has meant to the Cold War and protecting the Northeast Corridor, Fitzgerald said, “it’s quite a legacy this base has had.” RETURN TO INDEX
2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
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February 1, 2010
2010 Quadrennial Defense Review
“The QDR is consistent with where our Navy is today, and where we are heading in the future. It confirms our resource priorities, core tenants, and reaffirms the strategic imperatives of our Maritime Strategy.” – Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations This year’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), DoD’s core strategic planning document, affirms the security environment and strategic imperatives described in the Maritime Strategy emphasizing winning our nation’s wars and preventing and containing conflict. Previous analyses determined that 313 ships is the floor for the Navy’s force structure. That number will be refined to account for QDR direction and its requirement for ballistic missile defense (BMD), irregular warfare support, distributed operations and intra-theater lift. The defense objectives identified in the QDR are to prevail in today’s wars, prevent and deter conflict, prepare to succeed in a wide range of contingencies and preserve and enhance the all-volunteer force. Prevail in today’s wars • Approximately 12,000 Sailors are on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan serving in provincial reconstruction teams, explosive ordnance disposal and counter-improvised explosive device squads and support units; with 12,000 more at sea intercepting insurgents and their supplies and providing close air support and reconnaissance to Soldiers and Marines. • The QDR supports Navy capabilities for littoral operations and electronic warfare that are essential to success in today’s wars. Prevent and deter conflict • The Navy provides forward-deployed, credible military power to deter conflict and respond to crises. • The nation depends on naval forces to operate in and assure U.S. access to the air, space, maritime and cyberspace commons; these commons are essential to the stability of global systems of trade and information. • The QDR supports Navy capabilities for ballistic missile defense, surveillance and strike from submarines and long-range unmanned aircraft that show adversaries the U.S. can deny their objectives and respond. Prepare to succeed in a wide range of contingencies • The Navy can address a wide range of contingencies without infringing on sovereignty and can overcome political, geographical and military challenges to access by using the freedom to maneuver offered by the sea and capabilities to defeat threats such as submarines and cruise or ballistic missiles. • The QDR and the Maritime Strategy highlight the expanding role partners will play in addressing regional threats. Partnerships will also continue to be important to overcoming growing challenges to access. • To mitigate the risk of a terrorist attack, accident or natural disaster, the U.S. Navy will homeport a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Mayport, Fla. Preserving and enhancing the all-volunteer force • The Navy achieved overall officer and enlisted recruiting goals for the second straight year in fiscal year 2009. • The Navy is enhancing career flexibility and mobility, while investing in leaders at all levels. • Navy Sailors and civilians have done a tremendous job sustaining global responsibilities and fighting two wars.
Facts & Figures
The QDR emphasizes the forces needed for today’s wars, while supporting the capabilities needed to deter conflict and prepare for future contingencies. Previous analyses determined that 313 ships is the floor for the Navy’s force structure. That number will be refined to account for QDR direction and its requirement for BMD, irregular warfare support, distributed operations and intra-theater lift. • The 2010 QDR is posted at http://www.defense.gov/defensereviews/. RETURN TO INDEX
DoD conducted the 2010 QDR from February 2009 through January 2010. • QDRs happen every four years; this is the fourth QDR and the second the DoD has had while at war.
100123-N-4774B-009 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 23, 2010) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) maneuvers off the coast of Haiti while launching aircraft delivering humanitarian supplies. Carl Vinson and Carrier Wing (CVW) 17 are supporting Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)
Carrier Rendered Critical First Response
Story Number: NNS100201-10 2/1/2010
From U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs USS CARL VINSON, At Sea (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed the waters near Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 1 after rendering humanitarian assistance to the victims of a massive 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12. Arriving on station less than 72 hours after the quake, Carl Vinson immediately rendered assistance. Over two weeks, Vinson and its embarked 19 helicopters flew more than 2,200 sorties, delivering more than 166 tons of food, 89,000 gallons of water and 38,700 lbs. of medical supplies to earthquake victims. Additionally, Vinson's helicopters conducted 476 medical evacuations (MEDEVACs) and the ship's doctors and corpsmen treated 60 patients in its medical ward. "I think our Navy team did some great work here for the people of Haiti," Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group Commander Rear. Adm. Ted Branch said. Carl Vinson's primary role in the humanitarian mission was as a first responder, providing critical airlift and command and control capabilities as the flagship of Task Force 41, the Navy's sea base supporting Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti. Prior to departure, the Vinson left behind much of its airlift capability, transferring 10 helicopters to other units in JTFHaiti. Additionally, the improvement of the relief distribution effort on the ground, in partnership with the Haiti government, the United Nations, the international community, and supporting organizations have reduced the need of the ship's first responder role. With the departure of Carl Vinson, Rear Adm. Dave Thomas assumes command of Task Force 41 (CTF 41), the U.S. Navy's sea-based element supporting JTF-Haiti. Thomas is embarked aboard the task force's flagship, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, with elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), are specially configured for sustained humanitarian assistance missions, including air and sealift capabilities, medical and engineering support and water purification. While in support of Operation Unified Response, Vinson Sailors saw firsthand the results of their work in support of the Haitian people. "Every one of my Sailors wanted to go ashore to help," said Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Bruce Lindsey. "It was inspiring to see such an outpouring of volunteerism. America should be very proud of the Sailors that they have serving--their country and others." Vinson Sailors said they were proud of their efforts in support of the numerous humanitarian aid and disaster relief missions in which they were involved. "I had a chance to talk to some of the Haitians," said Machinist's Mate Fireman Evangelina Abarca. "It hurt a lot to know that many of them had lost family members, but I've never been more proud to say that I am a member of the United States Navy." USS Carl Vinson will now continue on its original mission, performing Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) engagements with key Latin American partners while transiting to its homeport of San Diego.
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Fiscal Year 2011 Department of the Navy Budget Submission
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February 1, 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Department of the Navy Budget Submission The fiscal year (FY) 2011 baseline budget submission of $160.6 billion for the Department of the Navy (DoN) is consistent with the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the basic tenets of the National Defense Strategy and the Maritime Strategy. Navy and Marine Corps resources have been prioritized to prevail in today’s wars, prevent and deter conflict in all domains, prepare for a wide range of contingencies and preserve the force. Additionally, the FY 2011 request for overseas contingency operations (OCO) of $18.5 billion integrates sustained support for the warfighter. It includes incremental costs to sustain operations, manpower, equipment and infrastructure repair, as well as equipment replacement to support the focus on increasing threats. Highlights • Deployable battle forces of 284 ships in FY 2011, including 11 aircraft carriers and 29 large amphibious ships. • Investment platforms and systems reflect a shift to support irregular warfare and include funds for: o Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) o Expeditionary E/A-18G aircraft supporting national electronic warfare requirements o P-8 Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft supporting increased emphasis on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles • Ship procurement funds nine new construction ships in FY 2011 and 50 ships across the Future Years Defense Plan (FY 2011 through FY 2015). FYDP highlights include: o Two Virginia-class submarines per year, 17 Littoral Combat Ships, eight DDG-51 class to continue the DDG-51 program restart, three new Mobile Landing Platforms, the first LHA(R) and the second Ford-class aircraft carrier. • Aircraft procurement funds 206 airframes in FY 2011 and 1,006 airframes across the FYDP. • Navy Operation and Maintenance (O&M) resources are increased to tightly focus on meeting increased combatant commander operational tempo requirements, properly sustaining and resetting ships and aircraft to reach expected service lives, restoring base budget enduring flight hour requirements previously funded with OCO funding, and funding price increases, most notably in fuel. • Military and civilian basic pay is increased by 1.4 percent. • Commitment to our investments in science and technology, cyberspace capabilities, facilities sustainment, base closure and family housing is maintained. Key Messages The budget has been shaped by the Facts & Figures The FY 2011 baseline budget is
results of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). • Previous analyses determined that 313 ships is the floor for the Navy’s force structure. That number will be refined to account for QDR direction and its requirement for ballistic missile defense, irregular warfare support, distributed operations and intra-theater lift. • Navy O&M increases focus on: o Meeting increased combatant commander operational tempo requirements; o Sustaining and resetting ships and aircraft to reach expected service lives; o Restoring base budget flight hour requirements previously funded with OCO funding; o Funding price increases, notably fuel.
a $4.6 billion (3%) increase over the FY2010 level. It provides: o $45.1 billion for Military Personnel o $46.2 billion for Operation and Maintenance o $46.6 billion for Procurement o $17.7 billion for Research and Development o $5 billion for Infrastructure o 324,300 Active Navy End Strength o 202,100 Active Marine Corps End Strength o 205,966 Civilian Full Time Equivalents For DoN FY 2011 Budget information visit: http://www.finance.hq.navy.mil/fmb/ 11pres/books.htm
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Mayport To Get Nuclear Aircraft Carrier
US Department Of Defense Announced Decision Friday
(WJXT-TV JACKSONVILLE (FL) 29 JAN 10)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A major review of the United States military forces released late Friday
by the Department of Defense said the U.S. Navy will homeport a nuclear aircraft carrier in Mayport. The DoD said the decision will protect the fleet against a potential terror attack, accident or natural disaster, since currently all East Coast aircraft carriers are based at Norfolk Naval Station. The Quadrennial Defense Review Report will be submitted to Congress on Monday and additional funding will have to be approved, but preliminary work on the Mayport basin was funded late last year and is under way. Mayport has been without a carrier since the USS John F. Kennedy was decommissioned in 2007. Since then, there's been a push by Jacksonville and Florida lawmakers to bring a state-ofthe-art nuclear carrier to Mayport. But the move was opposed at ever step of the way by elected officials in Virginia. “While I believe the Navy was right on the money when they made the decision to homeport a nuclear aircraft carrier at Mayport last January, I am glad to see that national security, not politics, stands victorious in the latest Pentagon’s review,” said Rep. Ander Crenshaw, RJacksonville. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, said the decision is big for the north Florida economy. "This is something Ander and (Rep.) Corrine Brown and I have been fighting for for almost 10 years," said Nelson, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This will cement Jacksonville's and Mayport's place in our nation's defense." It's not clear if Mayport would get an older carrier or the newly commissioned USS George H. W. Bush, which is currently homeported in Norfolk, Va. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., said the announcement marks a historic day for the Jacksonville Naval Station. "A nuclear carrier homeported here is the right decision for the right reasons," LeMieux said. "In addition to strengthening the fabric of our national security, this will mean thousands of jobs and families for this region." LeMieux said members of the Navy and local officials were elated by the announcement. LeMieux said the next step is to look at what will be necessary for Mayport to serve in its new role. "What President (Barack) Obama includes in his fiscal year 2011 budget due out next week will give us a clearer picture of that schedule," LeMieux said.
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Carrier Bush Returned To Navy After 7-Month Maintenance
(NORFOLK VIRGINIAN-PILOT 30 JAN 10) ... Robert McCabe The nation's newest aircraft carrier, the George H.W. Bush, has been redelivered to the Navy, Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Friday. The Newport News shipyard has completed the carrier's "post-shakedown availability," a sevenmonth period of maintenance and modernization after its initial sea trials last spring. "Bush is a testament to the teamwork between the Navy and Newport News," said Mike Shawcross, vice president for Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's aircraft carrier construction
programs. "We worked closely with one another during this availability to return the ship with high quality and within budget." Work performed on the vessel included reconfiguring compartments, upgrades to combat systems and radar equipment, and minor repairs. The carrier left Newport News for final sea trials Wednesday and was redelivered to the Navy on Thursday evening in Norfolk, where it is homeported. The George H. W. Bush is the 10th and final Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Its keel was laid Sept. 6, 2003; it was christened Oct. 7, 2006; commissioned Jan. 10, 2009; and delivered May 11, 2009.
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(NORFOLK VIRGINIAN-PILOT 30 JAN 10) ... Kate Wiltrout
It doesn't usually get much attention, but one of the Navy's most battle-tested helicopter squadrons will be in the spotlight this weekend. Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations, is scheduled to speak today, weather permitting, at a change-of-command ceremony for Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 84 at Norfolk Naval Station. Cmdr. Scott Butcher, who has led the 330-person reserve squadron since September 2008, will turn over control to Cmdr. Scott Gootee, the executive officer. HSC-84, known as the Red Wolves, is a reserve squadron under an active duty wing with a joint operational commander. It has flown more than 11,000 hours in support of special operations missions in Iraq since 2003. The squadron's primary mission is supporting special warfare units overseas. Unlike the Army and Air Force, the Navy does not have dedicated special operations aviation units. The Red Wolves fill that gap by inserting and extracting special operations teams, performing combat search-and-rescue, and flying surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The unit typically has four HH-60H Seahawk helicopters and about 60 personnel deployed to Iraq at all times, Butcher said. Maintainers spend four months deployed; pilots and air crew work in three-month rotations. Most personnel are reservists, although some have been mobilized since 2003. "We just know how to do it now, we've been doing it so long," Butcher said. The unit has flown more than 4,700 combat sorties and its members have received 1,100 air combat medals, according to Lt. Cmdr. Phil Rosi, a Navy spokesman. Butcher said he's gotten a lot of questions about how he managed to get Roughead, the Navy's top officer, to speak at the ceremony. "I wrote him a letter," Butcher said. There may be larger forces at work, too. Next week, the Department of Defense is expected to release its quadrennial defense review, a congressionally mandated analysis of defense priorities and strategies.
Draft copies circulating in recent days have made reference to the Navy forming two permanent helicopter squadrons to support special operations troops.
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(ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA) 31 JAN 10)
NEW DELHI -- The Indian Navy will induct on Feb 19 the first four Russian-made MiG-29K combat jets for deployment on the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov. "The aircraft will be formally inducted Feb 19," a senior Indian Navy official told. The fighters are operating offshore Goa in the absence of aircraft carrier Gorshkov, which is to be commissioned as INS Vikramaditya. The combat jets had arrived in the country in knocked down condition last year Dec 4. "The jets have been assembled and the Russian pilots are flying them. It is a standard procedure. Very soon Indian Navy pilots will take over from them," the official added. The jets were purchased by the Indian Navy as part of a $1.5 billion deal signed with Russia in January 2004 for Admiral Gorshkov. Of this, $740 million was meant for the aircraft and the balance for refitting the carrier. The Russians have now upped the price to between $2.2 billion and $2.9 billion and negotiations are currently under way. The navy will eventually be getting 12 MiG-29K single-seater aircraft and four MiG-29KUB twin-seat trainer aircraft, some in flyaway condition. The trainer version is similar to the singleseater but with a slightly reduced operational range. The navy has named its MiG-29K squadron the "Black Panthers". The jets will undertake shore-based sorties from Goa as the 45,000-tonne Kiev class aircraft carrier is scheduled to be delivered by 2012. The contract for the jets also stipulates the procurement of hardware for pilot training and aircraft maintenance, including flight simulators and interactive ground and sea-based training systems. Indian Navy pilots were sent to the US for deck landing training and qualified flying instructors (QFIs) to Russia for conversion flying (converting to different aircraft). The pilots will do the conversion flying in Goa under the supervision of QFIs. Four to five batches comprising four pilots each had gone to the US for deck landing training. The navy's MiG-29Ks have arrester gear and stronger landing gear for carrier landings, folding wings and rust-proofing to prevent corrosion from salt water. The aircraft features a fully digitised glass cockpit, improved engine protection against ingestion of foreign particles like birds, a multi-mode radar and increased range. The contract ensures that the navy gets the entire spectrum of services, including a full mission simulator. The MiG-29K will provide aerial cover to the carrier's battle group, acquire air superiority and destroy sea-borne and ground-based targets with guided high-precision weapons during the day and at night and in any weather condition. The aircraft, the first bought by the navy after the Sea Harriers, will also be capable of playing the role of midair refueller.
In a bid to revamp its aviation capability, the Indian Navy will also be inking a contract to buy 29 more MiG-29Ks worth nearly $1.2 billion from Russia. A Russian team arrived here in January to finetune the contract terms.
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(BLOOMBERG NEWS 29 JAN 10) ... Tony Capaccio
Lockheed Martin Corp. is fixing a structural weakness in the Navy version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that limits the jet’s ability to launch from aircraft carriers, according to a company spokesman. Engineers in July discovered a “strength shortfall” in an aluminum structure in the aircraft’s center fuselage that helps absorb stresses during a catapult takeoff, Lockheed spokesman John Kent said today in an e-mailed statement. “U.S. Navy and program office engineers were apprised immediately and have been directly involved in approving design updates,” Kent said. “A modification is already approved and ready to incorporate early this year prior to any catapult testing planned for 2011.” The modification doesn’t affect the aircraft’s progress toward first flight and is expected to have “little or no impact” on the plane’s shipboard testing, he said. “There was never a problem with landing -- only catapult launch,” Kent said. Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed plans to build the fighters in three variants for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. The current estimated cost is $298 billion. The carrier version is the last of the three variants to go into operation and is scheduled to be used on carriers operating with Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters by 2015. The first development model is scheduled for its maiden flight by August 30, Kent said. Ashton Carter, the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer, and Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation, declined to comment through Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin. Pentagon Report The issue wasn’t disclosed in Gilmore’s annual’s report released last week. That report said F35 testing so far raised concerns that engine blasts from the carrier model and Marine Corps short-takeoff and vertical-landing versions could cause deck damage and injure personnel. The F-35 is the Pentagon’s largest weapons program. The fiscal 2011 defense budget set for release Feb. 1 requests 42 fighters, up from 30 this year. As many as 20 jets are Navy and Marine Corp versions. Kent said all design changes to strengthen the center fuselage will be incorporated before parts are made for the first production F-35Cs in the fourth initial production contract now under negotiation for 30 aircraft. This is only a development-phase issue “and a minor one at that,” Kent said. “This is part of our normal airframe development process, and is not a concern for the Navy.” Cheryl Limrick, a spokesman for F-35 military program manager Marine Corp. Major General David Heinz, didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment today. The Navy plans to buy as many as 680 carrier and short-take- off versions of 2,456 planned jets.
Deck Damage The Pentagon’s Gilmore said in his report that the engine and power-systems’ exhaust on the Navy and Marine versions is powerful enough to pose a threat to carrier personnel. The blasts also may damage shields used to deflect heat on the deck, including on the CVN-21 carrier, the Navy’s most expensive warship. “Early analyses of findings indicate that integration of the F-35 into the CVN-21 will result in damage to the carrier deck environment and will adversely affect hangar deck operations,” Gilmore wrote. The Navy model’s exhaust area is larger than the Boeing planes’, making the jet-blast deflectors used during launch “vulnerable to warping and failure,” he wrote. Exhaust from the Marine Corp version’s integrated power system deflect downward and may be “a hazard to flight deck refueling, munitions, personnel and equipment” located on catwalks, the report said. Lockheed spokesman Chris Giesel said tests conducted with the JSF Program Office and the Navy “are showing positive results regarding compatibility of the F-35’s exhaust with carrier decks and tarmac surfaces. The study will conclude in spring 2010.”
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Gates Fires Head of F-35 Fighter Jet Program
A senior manager is being removed and Lockheed Martin penalized for missing targets on a new generation of fighter jets currently in production, the secretary of defense said Monday. A senior manager in charge of procuring the next generation of military fighter jets known as F35 Joint Strike Fighter has been fired and the Department of Defense has been instructed to withhold money that would pay bonuses to the lead contractor, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Monday. In a briefing at the Pentagon on the 2011 defense budget, Gates said inefficiencies and budget overruns within the costly fighter program forced him to take action. Gates said Lockheed Martin, the defense contractor responsible for producing the F-35, is in agreement with his plan to withhold bonuses, calling it a burden "the taxpayer should not have to bear." In 2009 a Defense Department review concluded the Joint Strike Fighter program had significant cost overruns and its production dates were far over schedule. Gates did not announce a replacement to head up the Joint Strike Fighter program, but he said the new position will be elevated to that of a three-star officer.
Gates has a reputation for firing his senior staff, and he was quick to point that out. "One cannot absorb the additional costs that -- that we have in this program and the -- and the delays, without people being held accountable. And I think if -- if I've set one tone here at the Department of Defense, it is that, when things go wrong, people will be held accountable." In 2008 Gates fired Air Force Secretary Michael Wynn and forced out the Air Force Chief of Staff, Michael T. Moseley in wake of the "loose nukes" scandal earlier that year. In 2009 he removed Gen. David McKiernan from his position as the commanding general in Afghanistan after it became clear that the Taliban had reversed the momentum of the war. Brig. Gen. David Heinz, now the former Program executive officer for the F-35, has become the secretary's latest casualty. The new project manager for the Joint Strike Fighter will be announced in a matter of days, and he'll have heavy burden to bear. The Joint Strike Fighter is currently the Pentagon's most expensive weapons project ever, with defense officials putting the price tag for all the jets requested at nearly $300 billion. The F-35 fighter is called the "Joint" Strike Fighter because it's designed for use across the Navy, Marine Corp, and the Air Force. The Pentagon also has plans to sell it to allies overseas once production needs within the U.S. military have been met. The first F-35s are expected to be operation in 2012 if all goes according to plan. The Marines will be the first to get them and the defense community will be watching closely. From the day an F35 rolls off the assembly to the day it's retired, it's total production cost is valued at $69 million
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(DEFENSE DAILY 02 FEB 10) ... Geoff Fein The Navy's $16 billion FY '11 budget request for shipbuilding includes funding for two Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), two Virginia-class submarines and two Arleigh Burkeclass destroyers. The shipbuilding request marks an increase of $1.1 billion from the FY '10 budget. The Navy will buy 17 LCS over the FYDP, according to a budget document. The service will buy two in FY '11, three in FY '12 and four every year beginning in FY '13, '14, and '15. The Navy's plan was to buy 10 ships by FY '14 under the new acquisition strategy introduced last year. Teams led by General Dynamics [GD] and Lockheed Martin [LMT] are vying to build the LCS. Both teams just received the Navy's request for proposals last week. Responses to the RFP are due back on March 29.
While the Navy's new acquisition plan eventually calls for two yards to build a single LCS design, Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, told reporters during the service's briefing yesterday there has been talk about the impact of rapidly buying out LCS and then facing the issue of block obsolescence. "[There is a] chance you couldn't change them again. There are a number of competing factors in this," he said. "The bottom line is to have two sources and maintain a steady pull to develop the ships." The Navy plans to build eight DDG-51s over the FYDP, beginning with two in FY '11. Mulloy noted the plan calls for a build rate of two in FY '11, one in FY '12, two in FY '13, one in FY '14 and two in FY '15. "We continue to build these ships for a wide variety of missions they bring," Mulloy said. "But primarily for the BMD needs as laid out by the president's initiatives." In addition to buying LCS, Virginia-class submarines and DDG-51s, the Navy will also buy one LHA-R, one Maritime Landing Platform and one Joint High Speed Vessel. The Navy will also continue with the service life extension of the LCACs and buy its first Ship to Shore Connector, the eventual replacement for the LCAC, according to budget documents Boeing [BA] will see the Navy procure 12 of its EA-18Gs in FY '11 and another 24 in FY '24. The Navy will also buy seven of the company's P-8 Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft. However, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet will see its numbers fluctuate over the FYDP. The service will buy 22 of the tactical fighters in FY '11 but only one in FY '12 before increasing to 25 in FY '13 for a total of 48 aircraft over the FYDP. There is no money in the budget for a multi-year buy of Super Hornets, Mulloy said. He added, however, that the Navy is evaluating opportunities given that the F/A18E/F and EA-18G are built on the same production line. And Mulloy also noted the Navy's acquisition shop is in negotiations on this. "But there is no money for a multi-year right now," Mulloy noted. Additionally, the Navy will buy 13 F-35B short takeoff vertical landing variants of Lockheed Martin's Joint Strike Fighter in FY '11, and seven of the Navy variant, the F35- C. DoD is restructuring the JSF program office making it a three-star billet, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said earlier in the day. "There were more problems than we were aware of," he told reporters. "We can't absorb the cost we have had in this program and the delay without people being held accountable, Gates added. The service will buy 100 rotary aircraft in FY '11: 28 of Bell Helicopter Textron's [TXT] AH-1Z/UH-1Ys, 30 MV-22B by a Bell-Boeing team, 24 Lockheed Martin MH60Rs and 18 MH-60S The Navy will also buy three Fire Scout unmanned vertical takeoff unmanned air vehicles. All told, the Navy will buy 206 aircraft in FY '11, one less fewer than in FY '10. The Navy will increase its buy of Raytheon's [RTN] SM-6 from 11 in FY '10 to 59 in FY '11. However, the service will end its buy of SM-2s, only procuring eight of the missiles in FY '11. Buys of the SM-2 Mod IIIB will also decline from 91 in FY '10 to 32 in FY '11.
The Navy will buy fewer torpedoes in FY 11, dropping to 46 of the MK 48 heavyweight torpedoes (from 85 in FY '10) and buying none of the MK 54 lightweight torpedoes, after buying 120 in FY '10. The Navy will resume purchasing the MK 54 LWT in FY '12, according to budget documents. The Navy will enter a three-year decline in the purchase of the AIM-9X, dropping to 146 in FY '11 and not seeing the number bought increase until FY '14. On the other side, the Navy will increase its buy of Raytheon's Advanced MediumRange Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) from 79 in FY '10 to 101 in FY '11. The Navy will continue to increase annual purchases of the missile through the FYDP. Raytheon's Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C will also see a one-year decline in procurement, dropping from 357 in FY '10 to 333 in FY '11. BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) will experience a two-year decline, dropping from 818 in FY '10 to 575 in FY '11 and 281 in FY '12. The Navy will then significantly increase the number of APKWS to 1,000 in FY '13, according to budget documents. The Navy will steadily increase its buy of ATK's [ATK] Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), going from 36 in FY '10 to 44 in FY '11. The Navy intends to buy 719 of the missiles over the FYDP. The Hellfire missile will also see a jump in procurement, from 325 in FY '10 to 600 in FY '11. The Navy intends to buy 4,600 over the FYDP. RETURN TO INDEX
(INSIDE DEFENSE 01 FEB 10) ... Zachary M. Peterson The Navy plans to buy nine ships and 206 aircraft with its $160.6 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request, released this afternoon. The budget terminates the CG(X) cruiser and EPX spy plane efforts and delays the purchase of a new command ship beyond FY-15, pushing the procurement of the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle back by one year to correct developmental issues. The request includes $15.7 billion in shipbuilding, including the purchase of a Joint High Speed Vessel for the Army. The nine ships the Navy plans to buy in FY-11 are two DDG-51 guided-missile destroyers, two Littoral Combat Ships, two Virginia-class attack submarines, one amphibious assault ship replacement (LHA-R), one Mobile Landing Platform and a Joint High Speed Vessel. The $18.5 billon aircraft request would purchase 13 short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Marine Corps, seven carrier-variant JSFs, 22 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters, 12 EA-18G Growler electronic attack planes, four E-2D Hawkeyes, seven P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, 28 AH-1Z/UH-1Y helicopters, 30 MV-22 tiltrotors, 24 MH-60R helos, 18 MH-60S helos, three MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopters and 38 T-6A/B training jets. Marine Corps procurement totals $1.3 billion in the request, down from $1.5 billion requested in FY-10. Other Navy procurement in the request totals $6.5 billion. The request also includes $17.7 billion in research and development funds. Further, the proposed spending package includes nearly $26 billion for active-duty Navy personnel and approximately $13.3 billion for active-duty Marines. Today's budget announcement officially disclosed the cancellation of the CG(X) cruiser program, for which the Pentagon cited “affordability concerns.”
“Instead of procuring CG(X), the Navy is considering other options including maturing the air and missile defense radar program and using technologies from other similar kinds of ships such as DDG-1000 and DDG-51 destroyers,” states the service's FY-11 budget highlights book. Budget justification documents published by the Office of Management and Budget outlined delays in the Marine Corps' EFV program. “Delaying procurement one year while maintaining [research and development funding] gives the Marine Corps more time to correct the EFV's problems before making large investments in procurement,” the OMB document states. Similarly, the Navy will wait until after FY-15 to move forward with plans to replace its fleet of amphibious command ships. “The Navy is proposing to delay LCC-R because the service life of the two command ships currently in operation can be extended,” the justification document states. The budget request includes $18.5 billion in Navy and Marine “overseas contingency operations” funding to support the ongoing war effort in Afghanistan. RETURN TO INDEX
(NEWPORT NEWS DAILY PRESS 01 FEB 10) ... Hugh Lessig As Florida lawmakers celebrated, Virginia leaders on Monday girded for another attempt keep an aircraft carrier and its thousands of jobs from leaving Hampton Roads. The Defense Department is moving closer to building a permanent aircraft carrier base in Florida, a move it justifies on strategic grounds but one that endangers thousands of jobs in southeastern Virginia. The Quadrennial Defense Review, formally released Monday, suggests that the Navy plans to move a carrier out of Virginia to fulfill its plan. "To mitigate the risk of terrorist attack, accident or natural disaster, the U.S. Navy will home-port an East Coast carrier in Mayport, Fla," states the QDR. All East Coast carriers are based at Naval Station Norfolk. If a carrier strike group were to leave Hampton Roads, the job loss would be akin to a major factory shutdown. Virginia lawmakers have vowed to fight the move. "This is not a done deal," said Sen. Jim Webb, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Webb and others have pointed to the cost of upgrading Mayport, which has accommodated older carriers but not one from the nuclear-powered fleet. Dredging and other improvements could cost up to $1 billion, according to some estimates. They say the strategic value of dispersing the fleet is overstated and the Navy has more pressing fiscal needs. Webb said he looks forward to questioning Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during today's meeting of the armed services panel. "I would be curious to see where the Navy believes that it can take a billion dollars away from shipbuilding, weapons procurement, ship maintenance and repair, and building a fleet in order to construct an alternate port which, on all accounts, doesn't seem to be needed," Webb said.
Sen. Mark R. Warner added, "In a time of concern about federal spending and budget deficits, I will be asking tough questions about this Pentagon plan to divert $700 million to $1 billion — or more — to reassign an aircraft carrier from the Norfolk naval station." "It would be fiscally irresponsible to spend any money on a redundant East Coast homeport," said Rep. Glenn Nye, D-Norfolk. "The Navy has never demonstrated a risk-based, strategic need to relocate a nuclear aircraft carrier out of Norfolk, and with the national debt skyrocketing, the American people simply cannot afford redundant, unnecessary projects like this." Rep. Randy Forbes, R- Chesapeake, questioned the spending on Mayport in light of a $1.3 billion shortfall in public shipyard infrastructure and the growing size of China's Navy. "I intend to demand full transparency into the decision-making behind the proposed use of up to a billion of taxpayer dollars on a move regarded as duplicative and even 'scandalous,'" he said in a statement. However, the language in the QDR is a clearly setback to Virginia's argument. "It's definitely more significant than if it was just a budgetary statement, because the QDR is supposed to be the basic strategy document for a number of years," said Bill Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Florida lawmakers have already hailed the carrier move as a done deal and a coming boon to the Jacksonville-area economy. "The reason for moving one of the nuclear carriers from Norfolk to Mayport is so they're not all lined up in one place like sitting ducks," said Sen. Bill Nelson, R-Fla. Job loss will hurt The reaction began Friday when CongressDaily, a political newsletter, posted the final draft of the Quadrennial Defense Review on its Web site. "This is an historic day for Mayport," said Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla. last week. "A nuclear carrier home-ported here is the right decision for the right reasons. In addition to strengthening the fabric of our national security, this will mean thousands of jobs and families for this region." If a carrier strike group were to leave Hampton Roads, it would hit the area much harder than the 2007 shutdown of Ford Motor Co.'s truck factory in Norfolk, which employed 2,400 people. That's according to the 2009 State of the Region report from Old Dominion University. It said the gross regional product of Hampton Roads drops by 1 percent each month a carrier task force is away from Hampton Roads. That translates into a $900 million loss over one year. Another opportunity for debate is the 20-person panel announced by the White House last week to analyze the merits of the QDR and report back to Congress in the spring. What's a QDR? The Pentagon prepares the Quadrennial Defense Review every four years. The document is intended to be a longer-term forecast of the nation's defense needs. RETURN TO INDEX
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Thursday February 04, 2010 More Realistic: Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged Wednesday on Capitol Hill that the F-35 program office was "too optimistic" in its cost and schedule estimates for strike fighter program, leading to a sweeping restructure reflected in the Pentagon's Fiscal 2011 budget proposal and costing the job of the program manager. But even with the extra 13 months being tacked onto the F-35's development, Gates said the projected in-service dates for the first Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy combat-ready units will not change (Fiscal 2012, Fiscal 2013, and Fiscal 2014, respectively) The new program profile is "much more realistic" as it reflects the conservative estimates of the independent Joint Estimate Team that had warned that the program was facing challenges. Gates asserted, even with the changes, "by 2020, the US will have 20 times more fifth generation fighters than the Chinese and about 13 to 15 times more than the Russians." Nonstealthy Maneuver: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday laid down the same line in the sand as he did on Monday at the Pentagon and on Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling House lawmakers that he would "strongly recommend" that President Obama veto any Fiscal 2011 legislation that sustains the F136 engine for the F-35 strike fighter. Appearing before the House Armed Services Committee, Gates said the focus should be on getting the F135, the other engine type for the F-35, done right. Keeping the F136 engine program alive for the next five fiscal years would end up costing the Defense Department another $2.9 billion that is needed elsewhere on top of the $1.8 billion that the Congress has already pumped into the project in the past several years over the Pentagon's objections, he said. The Pentagon's Fiscal 2011 budget proposal seeks to cancel the F136. Boiling it Down: In a renewed effort to end the F-35 strike fighter alternate engine program (see Nonstealthy Maneuver, above), Defense Secretary Robert Gates offered a somewhat different argument against the F136 engine. He told House lawmakers Wednesday that spending extra billions to maintain two engines for the F-35 just doesn't make sense since only one of the planned F-35 operators—the Air Force—might potentially reap some gain. He told the House Armed Services Committee that he doesn't think any other F-35 customer at home or abroad really wants to have two engine types for its F-35s since that entails a larger logistics footprint for all, but especially for ship-based F-35s. And so the issue really comes down to whether it is worth it to spend the extra billions just so the Air Force can choose from the two engines. For Gates, the answer is no.
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U.K. Backs BAE Carrier Project
(BLOOMBERG NEWS 03 FEB 10) ... Robert Hutton Britain remains committed to building two new aircraft carriers even as it considers cuts in military spending, Defense Secretary Bob Ainsworth said. Ainsworth said a strategic defense review after this year’s election is unlikely to cancel the carrier project, for which BAE Systems Plc is the lead contractor. He spoke as he published a consultation document that asks whether Britain should integrate its forces more closely with other European countries and whether there are too many senior military personnel. “We’re already cutting the steel” for the carriers, Ainsworth told reporters in London today. “That, to some degree, cuts down our options.” The Ministry of Defense won’t be able to afford as much as half of the equipment it plans to buy in the next decade, according to a report into procurement last year by Bernard Gray, a former government adviser on defense. With no party guaranteeing defense spending, major projects may fall victim to efforts to cut the country’s budget deficit. Companies working with BAE on the carriers include Thales SA, Electronic Data Systems LLC, Lockheed Martin Corp., Qinetiq Group Plc, Rolls-Royce Group Plc and VT Group Plc. The two carriers will cost about 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) more than the planned 3.9 billion pounds because of delays and changes in design, the ministry said in June. Shares of BAE fell 8.3 pence, or 2.4 percent, to 338.8 pence at 3:25 p.m. in London. Trident Plans Ainsworth refused to guarantee other projects, such as the Joint Strike Fighter currently planned to fly off the carriers. He did say there’s “no plan to revisit” the 2006 decision to renew Britain’s Trident nuclear-weapons system. Air Chief Marshall Jock Stirrup, the chief of the defense staff, confirmed that one option in the review is the abolition of one of the three arms of U.K. forces, the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. “It’s plausible,” he said, when asked if the U.K. might only have two services in a decade, without giving more detail. That may mean the integration of the RAF into the Army and Navy. The ministry later said in an e-mailed statement that Stirrup had been saying the idea of the three services remaining separate was plausible, not the idea of abolishing one.
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