The US Marine Corps will embark 20 F-35B on a helicopter carrier to make it a “Lightning-Carrier”

The arrival of the F-35B, the vertical or short take-off and landing version of the Lighting II, offers completely new perspectives in terms of light aircraft carriers and/or without catapults. Much more efficient and versatile than the AV-8 Harrier IIs that they replace, the F-35Bs also give the air group on board these ships the ability to carry out advanced missions, whether interdiction from the air or strikes to the ground or against naval targets, even in the absence of support aircraft such as the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare or the E-2C/D Hawkeye aerial surveillance. In fact, an aircraft carrier armed with 18 to…

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US Navy Changes Planning Targets To Respond To Chinese Threat

The end of President Trump's mandate was, as we know, chaotic to say the least. One area, among others, puzzled many observers, that of industrial planning and the format of the US Navy, marked by initiatives as late as disproportionate from the US administration. Thus, a few weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Donald Trump passed a law conferring very high format objectives on the US Navy, with 355 combat ships in 2030, and more than 500 buildings in 2045, even though no realistic planning had been implemented on this subject during the 4 years...

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The US Navy doubts the interest of a new class of light aircraft carrier

For several years now, the US Navy has been struggling to define a strategic plan to modernize its fleet and maintain the upper hand over the Chinese fleet in full transformation. Many avenues have been proposed in order to meet the very significant needs in a constrained budgetary context, including the replacement of part of the Super Aircraft Carriers of the Ford class which are to replace the no less imposing Nimitz currently in service, by lighter conventionally powered aircraft carriers, intended to intervene where the power of a Ford was not required. This approach was also integrated into the short-lived Navy 2045 plan presented by the Secretary to…

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The combat drone carrier concept appeals to staffs

In July 2020, indiscretions concerning supply contracts made by the Chinese Ministry of Defense, made it possible to establish that Beijing had started the design of a new class of aircraft carrier ship derived from the Type 075 heavy helicopter carriers These new buildings, designated Type 076, would make it possible to implement helicopters and rotary-wing drones such as the Type 075, as well as fixed-wing combat drones of the Sharp Sword type, offering the ship a range of effectors much more extended. For this, the Type 076, whose actual construction is still subject to caution, would carry one or two electromagnetic catapults and strands...

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The US Navy studies the concept of a light aircraft carrier to replace the super aircraft carriers of the Ford class

Shortly before his ouster by Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper presented his "Battle Force 2045" plan, which proposed to implement by 2045 a naval force of 500 units, of which nearly 200 would be autonomous or with a reduced crew, in order to be able to meet the challenge now posed by the Chinese Navy. In addition to the many autonomous ships and the increase in the number of frigates and submarines, this plan also proposed to replace part of the very expensive super aircraft carriers of the Ford class by light aircraft carriers, intended to carry out operations more specific for which…

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The crew of the aircraft carrier USS T. Roosevelt could be disembarked to fight the epidemic of Covid19

Last week, we learned that the American aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt had to make its way to the Guam naval base following the resurgence of Covid19 coronavirus cases on board. It was then a question of disembarking the thirty infected personnel and testing the 4000 other crew members in order to be able to return to carry out its mission. The Roosevelt is indeed one of the two US Navy aircraft carriers deployed in the Western Pacific, alongside the USS Ronald Reagan, to deal with possible Chinese, North Korean or Russian actions. The US Navy then assured that the aircraft carrier remained operational…

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Back to basics for the United States Marine Corps

It is a small revolution which is preparing at the Pentagon. Indeed, the commander of the United States Marine Corps, General David Berger, has undertaken to profoundly modify this elite American force to enable it to meet the challenges that will be its own in 2030, and to be able to facing, in priority, China. To achieve this, the US Marines Corps will have to go back to basics and become the light, highly mobile amphibious assault force it was until two decades ago, when interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq l gradually transformed into a traditional mechanized infantry force. For…

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Renewal of US equipment slowed down by funding for the Trump wall

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump included in his program the construction of a wall facing the Mexican border, supposed to prevent illegal immigration into the country. Once elected, he signed Executive Order 2017 in January 13767, which ordered the government to begin construction of the wall, using existing federal funds. But with a majority of representatives and senators opposing this multi-billion dollar initiative of dubious effectiveness and significant moral implications, funding was blocked for 3 years, even leading to long periods of "Shut Down" by two times and blocking the payment of wages...

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The US Defense Secretary unveils his strategy for a fleet of 355 ships in 2030

As we have already discussed several times on Meta-Defense, the US Navy is struggling to define its ship construction plan for the years to come, caught between the need to renew several major classes of ships, such as the the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, the Los Angeles nuclear attack submarines, and the Ticonderoga-class cruisers, the budgetary limits imposed by Congress (and especially by the American public debt exceeding the Gross Domestic Product), and President Trump's political will to build a fleet of 2030 ships by 355 to maintain the advantage over the rapidly growing Chinese fleet. And…

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With the American Class LHAs, the US Navy returns to light aircraft carriers

A few days ago, the assault aircraft carrier USS America, the first unit of the eponymous class, sailed from the military port of San Diego to relieve the USS Wasp on a mission in the Western Pacific. For the first time, the ship carries on board 13 F-35 B of the Marine Corps, as well as V-22 Osprey and AH-1 Super Cobra helicopters, allowing the ship to be used no longer as a carrier assault aircraft, as the Wasp and Tarawa class LHDs have been for decades, but as a light aircraft carrier. As standard, the 8 LHDs of the Wasp class in service in the US…

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