More Ultra-Advanced US Navy Warships

It’s been established that military technology is more advanced than ever. It can be seen everywhere in the world – from weaponry to surveillance, to transport. The United States has come a long way in the past century, developing warships unlike any the world has seen before. Here are a few more of the most advanced warships the US Navy has at its disposal.

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USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78)

The USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship of her class of U.S. Navy supercarriers. Construction on this technological marvel began on Aug. 11, 2005, as Northrop Grumman (the creator of the Stealth Bomber), cut the steel of what would be the side shell of the warship. Eight years later, on November 2013, the ship was finally christened. She joined the U.S. Navy’s fleet in March 2016.

USS Coronado (LCS-4)

The USS Coronado is a littoral combat ship or LCS. She was designed to have a trimaran hull to allow high-speed traversing of waters. The USS Coronado is very effective against mines, submarines, and other warships.

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USS Independence (LCS-2)

The USS Independence is U.S. Navy’s lead ship of the Independence-class LCS. She was designed by the General Dynamics consortium as part of the US Navy’s LCS program. The USS Independence was taken in by the U.S. Navy in 2009. She is a high-speed LCS, and just like the USS Coronado, is amazing at littoral zone skirmishes. Among its features is a larger flight deck than destroyers, and a low hydrodynamic drag.

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Still Up In The Air: What Happened To Dod’s Future Vertical Lift Initiative?

The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is worse for the wear because of decades of military operations, the latest of which are Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In combat operations, helicopters are flown five times more than they normally are. These campaigns are primarily set in the Middle East, which means that the aircraft used endure even more environmental hazards.

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Most of the rotary-wing or vertical lift aircraft presently utilized are models developed back in the 1970s. Manufacturers would just rehabilitate or upgrade existing designs.

To address the need to improve the rotorcraft fleet capabilities, in terms of speed, range, payload, refueling efficiency, maintenance and operation, and interoperability among the different military branches, the Department of Defense established the “Future Vertical Lift” initiative in 2009.

The plan is to manufacture a family of military helicopters of different sizes but sharing common hardware and systems, including engines, avionics, sensors, and countermeasures.

There are five categories, namely the JMR-Light, JMR-Medium-Light, JMR-Medium, JMR-Heavy, JMR-Ultra. These rotorcraft classes have distinct purposes and have differing rollout schedule. The first that will be introduced is the JMR-Medium helicopter, which is comprised of attack and cargo lift helicopters, and its intended release is in the late 2020s.

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When the DoD recently discusses the Future Vertical Lift initiative, they maintain that they will take a deliberate, disciplined, patient, and collaborative approach as they recognize that the opportunities and threats involved mean that they have one shot at accomplishing the project.

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Getting To Know The Technology Readiness Levels Of The DoD

Technology readiness levels, or TRLs help those in authority make decisions about developing and transitioning technology. The process governing the use of TRL is a significant instrument in managing the steps involved in research and development of an organization.

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There are many benefits that come with the implementation of TRLs. First off, using these levels helps people in the company realize the status of their tech. Along with the information gathered in the process, company management would also know how to manage the risks involved when it comes to funding the new tech. This is also the case when the company tries to transition the new tech into their operations.

However, there are some limitations to the TRL process. For example, the term “readiness” doesn’t necessarily translate to appropriate, or even mature tech. Take for instance a mature product such as a laptop. It may have all the makings of a great product in the social market, but it may not suit the particular needs of an organization such as the DoD. Laptops with lower specs but allow for ease of use, especially in situations that need quick responses, would certainly be more favorable, and thus more “ready.”

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TRLs are used by the DoD as often as possible to ensure efficiency of equipment, because after all, lives depend on it.

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The Two Building Blocks of Technological Gadgets

Not very long ago, the gadgets of today were thought of as science fiction. All these scientific and technological advancements have allowed man to do things that humanity once only dreamed of. The fields of science, engineering, and technology have evolved so much that today it is possible for two geographically apart people to converse via video link, to microwave an object from a distance, to cure diseases once thought incurable, and so much more. And all these wouldn’t have been possible if it were not for two building blocks of tech gadgets.

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The first of these building blocks are semiconductors. These little objects have the ability to conduct electricity. They are usually crystalline or amorphous and have a high level of resistance. They are more resistant than majority of materials, except for insulators. Unlike metals, the resistance level of semiconductors goes higher when temperature decreases, and vice-versa. They make the wonders of electrical circuitry possible. Without them, there would be no computer microprocessors and circuit boards.

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Printed circuit boards or (PCBs) are the second of the two building blocks. They connect and support equipment and components. PCBs are major parts of a lot of the electronic devices being used today. Everything from mobile phones, to radar and sonar systems, to radios and television sets, all have PCBs in them. They come in various shapes and sizes depending on the gadgets where they are attached. PCBs are always tested to ensure they are of the high serviceable quality.

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Flying high: The roles of drones in the US armed forces

To pedestrians, they are known as drones; to the military, they are called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS).

UAVs have been around since shortly after World War I.  Using the radio control technology of Archibald Montgomery Low, who is also known as the “father of radio guidance systems,” the Ruston Proctor Aerial Target flew unmanned in 1916.  The concept then was eventually diversified into different aerial purposes, such as automatic planes, “flying bombs,” and “aerial torpedoes” (the precursor to today’s cruise missiles).

Air Force officials are seeking volunteers for future training classes to produce operators of the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt)
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Presently, drones have become critical in military operations – so much so that this era has even been dubbed as the age of drone warfare.

The role of UAVs in the US armed forces intensified in an unprecedented manner at the start of the 21st century.  To counteract the September 11 attacks and other acts of terrorism, the US launched Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom across the world.

There have been two major uses for drones in military operations.

The most common purpose is surveillance; using a wealth of sensors, cameras, image intensifiers, infrared imaging, radars, targeting lasers, and many others, reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering have become safer and more efficient for their operators.

SIERRA VISTA, AZ - MARCH 07:  Maintenence personel check a Predator drone operated by U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM), before its surveillance flight near the Mexican border on March 7, 2013 from Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The OAM, which is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, flies the unmanned - and unarmed - MQ-9 Predator B aircraft an average of 12 hours per day at around 19,000 feet over southern Arizona. The drones, piloted from the ground, search for drug smugglers and immigrants crossing illegally from Mexico into the United States. Due to federal sequestration cuts, Customs and Border Protection is expected to lose $500 million from its budget, and OAM staff at Ft. Huachuca are now taking unpaid furlough days once every two weeks.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Some drones have also been utilized for attacks, especially on high-profile targets.  Drones help in avoiding having pilots killed or captured in action, and ultimately save states from diplomatic embarrassment.

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Understanding Military Performance Specifications

The United States of America is by far the most powerful nation on Earth. It follows that it has the most sophisticated national defense system in the world. The strongest military force in the world quite exemplifies what it means not to leave anything to chance, and some might even argue that they take this too far. But even so, it’s because the threats are real, and they are many.

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For this reason, where equipment is concerned, high standards need to be employed. This is what is otherwise known as military performance specifications. This is used to help achieve standardization objectives by the U.S. Department of Defense.

This standard is created to ensure that the equipment used is entirely made up of parts that allow efficiency, seamlessness, and ease of usability, ensuring that design error is not going to be a cause of injury or the loss of lives.

In military electronics, for instance, military specifications are responsible for the creation of electronics that don’t lose their signals, don’t fry or freeze in the weather, and are virtually untraceable. The same level of stringency goes for arms production, vehicle design, and even soldier training. These are golden parameters that make America rather indestructible.

One might wonder what non-military spec items have if they do not follow such parameters. The fact is that military-approved supplies are sure to have gone through the toughest torture tests in research and production.

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Military specs ensure that no matter the conditions in the environment, the instrument will work. When the instrument works, the one who holds it can fulfill his duty. When the duty is performed, America becomes a safer place. It’s that simple.

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Underscoring the importance of combating humidity in naval operations

Water is one of the greatest foes of modern technology, particularly electronics. Besides the ever-present corrosion of metals such as iron in the presence of water, modern technology reliant on precision electrical circuitry is susceptible to shorting out in the presence of a moisture buildup due to condensation.

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Moreover, corrosion is just one of the many problems when equipment relies on compressed air or gas. Humidity in compressed air systems can cause pneumatic process control instruments to malfunction and outdoor airlines to freeze.

In the case of military hardware destined for use in the navy, where contact with water and damp air is a given and reliance on sensitive electrical and compressed equipment a vital part of everyday operations, prevention and control of humidity damage takes on a more urgent nature.

For instance, many of the types of ammunition fired from naval cruisers, such as heat-seeking missiles, rely on coolant gases to stay effective. Conventional rust-proofing is often insufficient to prevent corrosion and other malfunctions from taking place in intricate systems dependent on compressed air.

Dehumidifiers thus play an important role in routine maintenance in many military applications, particularly in operating hardware that demands compressed air. Removing excessive atmospheric moisture not only protects sensitive equipment from corrosion but also ensures reliable performance from each of their processes.

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