Pentagon Budget: Analysis shows future need for 12 aircraft carriers, US Navy leadership acknowledges

by Michael Fabey

The US Navy warns that new carriers like the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) may not enter the fleet fast enough to maintain an 11-carrier fleet. (Michael Fabey)

Although the US Navy (USN) force of 11 aircraft carriers meets existing operational requirements, studies show a need to add another ship to accommodate future requirements, according to USN officials.

That acknowledgement comes in the wake of earlier USN warnings that the number of carriers could dip below the current 11 carriers in the coming years, while the service's long-term shipbuilding plan notes a possible further reduction in a bit more than two decades.

“Over time, the analysis shows [the navy needs] 12 carriers,” USN Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Michael Gilday told members of the US House Armed Services Committee (HASC) during a hearing on 11 May.

Asked again how many ships would be needed to meet current and future operational requirements, Adm Gilday reiterated, “At least 12.”

He added that the proposed naval fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget proposes 11 carriers till 2039.


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FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

by Richard Scott

A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS Nyköping . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502. (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)

Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.

Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 launch tube previously developed for the Finnish Navy's four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. Deliveries are set to start in 2023.

The Tub m/20 – an evolution of the existing Tub m/8502 tube used on the RSwN's Visby-class and Gävle-class corvettes – will be used to store and launch both the in-service Torpedo 45 and the successor Torpedo 47. While the two tube types have a similar form factor, thus enabling a seamless transition in service, the Tub m/20 incorporates a number of improvements including remote monitoring from the command information centre, and improved accessibility.


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Ukraine crisis: Denmark to provide Harpoon missile system to Ukraine

by Shaurav Gairola

An RGM-84L Harpoon missile on display at the Farnborough International Event and Conference Centre, in the UK. (Duncan Lennox)

Denmark is to supply a Harpoon anti-ship launcher and an undisclosed number of missiles to Ukraine to help defend its coast, the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III announced on 23 May.

The announcement was made following the second meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, which was attended virtually by more than 40 ministers and chiefs of defence, including the Ukrainian minister of defence Oleksii Reznikov.

It is envisaged that Denmark will supply the Harpoon coastal defence System (HCDS), which integrates Boeing's RGM 84L Block II missiles. The subsonic missile, which has a speed of 0.85 Mach and a maximum range of 124 km, will be positioned on the coast of Odessa as a coastal battery system. The missile uses a fourth-generation seeker featuring surface-mounted technology with digital processing that makes it possible to adjust the radar seeker's search pattern to reduce land clutter effects.


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Indonesia omits major procurement programmes from 2022 ‘Green Book'

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle . Indonesia has plans to procure up to 36 Rafale fighters, but it is unclear how the country will fund this ambition. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

The Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has omitted major defence procurement programmes from the register of priority projects approved for foreign funding in 2022.

This register is commonly referred to in-country as the ‘Green Book'. Programmes included in this register will be escalated to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, which will then decide on the final amount of foreign loans that can be obtained for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

Documents forwarded to Janes on 24 May by a government source indicate that among programmes that have been included in the ‘Green Book' are mid-life upgrades for the Indonesian Navy's Diponegoro-class corvettes and Bung Tomo-class frigates. In terms of hull age, these vessels have either exceeded or are approaching their 20-year mark.


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