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  • New DD(X) destroyer sails ahead

    New DD(X) destroyer sails ahead (link)
    Wed Nov 23, 2005 5:50 PM ET169
    By Jim Wolf



    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will order an initial eight highly-automated DD(X) destroyers being developed by Northrop Grumman Corp. and General Dynamics as the centerpiece of the U.S. Navy's 21st century fleet, a defense official said on Wednesday.

    Ending speculation the ship might be killed, the Defense Department cleared a plan to let both Los Angeles-based Northrop and General Dynamics, Falls Church, Virginia, each go ahead with detailed design work, the Pentagon said.

    The chief U.S. weapons buyer, Kenneth Krieg, also approved "low rate initial production" of eight ships after a meeting on Tuesday of the Defense Acquisition Board, which considers major weapons systems, said the defense official who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the matter.

    He estimated the value of the eight ships at $20 billion.

    The DD(X) will have substantially lower radar and acoustic "signatures" -- making it harder for an enemy to find and hit -- and be highly automated to cut crew size by more than half compared with current destroyer levels.

    It will incorporate new technologies that also would be used in a new aircraft carrier and a new cruiser. The Navy hopes the first DD(X) will be delivered in 2012.

    Cheryl Irwin, a Pentagon spokeswoman, confirmed that Krieg had cleared the program to enter a big-money phase known as "system development and demonstration." But she said she had no information on the number of ships to be built.

    No construction contracts would be awarded until a further session of the acquisition board, the defense official said, citing a memorandum from Krieg that was not made public.

    TWIN BUILDING PROJECTS

    Navy officials said Krieg had cleared a Navy request to start the acquisition program with a "dual lead ship" strategy using fiscal 2007 funds.
    According to this Northrop and General Dynamics each will build a ship of its own to meet requirements set by the Pentagon and the Navy, Navy spokesman Lt. John Gay said. On completion, the Navy will recommend whether to continue splitting the construction or go with one of the two yards

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    Otra foto mas sobre la disposicion de las armas:

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      Yo creo que los diseñadores vieron mucho Star Wars cuando chicos... Solo falta que vuele!

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        QUE TAL FIERRO.....ME PARECIO VERLO EN EL ALBUM DEL MEN SOBRE ARMAS DEL FUTURO....UNA PREGUNTA SABE ALGUIEN SI LOS BUQUES DE ASALTO ANFIBIO CLASE TARAWA SIGUEN EN SERVICIO O YA FUERON REMPLASADOS?.......ESPECIALMENTE EL USS. NASSAU...LHA-4... 8O

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          Originalmente publicado por comanpara
          QUE TAL FIERRO.....ME PARECIO VERLO EN EL ALBUM DEL MEN SOBRE ARMAS DEL FUTURO....UNA PREGUNTA SABE ALGUIEN SI LOS BUQUES DE ASALTO ANFIBIO CLASE TARAWA SIGUEN EN SERVICIO O YA FUERON REMPLASADOS?.......ESPECIALMENTE EL USS. NASSAU...LHA-4... 8O
          Tengo entendido que los buques de la clase Tarawa (Tarawa, Saipan, Belleau Wood, Nassau y Peleliu, respectivamente LHA-1, LHA-2, LHA-3, LHA-4 y LHA-5) comenzarían a ser retirados a partir del año 2011, siendo reemplazados por los de la clase LHX.

          Los otros buques de asalto anfibio (no confundir con los buque anfibios a secas), los LHD, de la clase Wasp recién serían decomisionados a partir del 2029.
          "War was to important to be left to the generals" Georges Clemenceau, Premier of France, World War I
          "War is too important to be left to politicians" Gen. Jack D. Ripper, USAF, "Dr. Strangelove"

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