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In January 2013, Japan began shipping two patrol aircraft, the Soryu J-8-2 and the Harbin S-6, to the U.S. Navy in a five-year contract. They’ll provide surveillance, target acquisition and other functions for Japanese anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. They’ll carry sensor and data links for U.S. maritime and surface ships. Their arrival at Japan블랙 잭, expected in spring of 2014, marks the first time Japanese anti-submarine surveillance aircraft have been shipped to the U.S. Navy from Japan in almost 50 years.
The U.S. Navy plans to start using the Harbin-designed electronic warfare radar from the J-8s. And, according to the Department of Defense, Japanese Navy vessels conducting anti-submarine warfare operations and their support ships are also likely to receive the new J-8 systems within the next year. However, it’s unclear whether the Japanese ships will be able to operate their advanced electronic warfare radars beyond the first year. That would represent significant challenges for those deploying them.
The U.S. Navy expects to spend around $17 billion on advanced surface warfare ships through 2017 and for t제천출장마사지hat to be covered it would need at least $18 billion in annual upgrades. It also relies on support ships built by Western defense firms such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Raytheon to replace its aging ships, ships such as the USS Wasp and USS Littoral Combat Ship. With a significant chunk of that spending still to be committed, it remains unclear whether Lockheed Martin and other defense contractors can provide the needed support for the new surveillance and ASW platforms while also getting the necessary maintenance and upgrades.
But as of August 2012, the number of U.S. Navy ships engaged in ASW had grown froSM 카지노m 12 to 22. That’s an increase of about 22 percent, according to data gathered by the Marine Air and Space Command.
If the U.S. continues to lag behind its Asian rival, Japan, the Pacific Fleet’s ability to counterattack and counter ASW threats is in question, the U.S. Navy’s ability to operate its electronic warfare and ASW platforms will likely grow.
One scenario being suggested as to what could happen when the ASW capabilities are fully operational is that U.S. Navy ships with their newly acquired electronic warfare radars will find themselves on an increasingly crowded and unpredictable mission path, leading to a ris