Sorry Everyone. American Aircraft Carriers Are Crap.

Discussion in 'Military Equipment, Service and Technology' started by spejic, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
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    Or at least, the USS Ford and the follow on ships in its class (two already started, one more contracted) are crap. The latest problem is sending the USS Ford back to drydock to completely rework the steam turbines that power the ship. It will be there for at least 3 months, further pushing back the ship's delivery date that has already been delayed for years and years. And that's on top of the extremely problematic electronic catapult and arresting system, its failure-ridden radar (which won't be used on the follow-on ships), and its mostly non-functioning weapon elevators.

    And to make matters worse, the Navy is strongly considering scrapping the USS Truman, a working carrier with lots of life still in it, to save money.
     
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  2. roby

    roby Member+

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    Feb 27, 2005
    So Cal
    Help is on the way. Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov can be bought for [pardon the pun] a song! :whistling:

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  3. spejic

    spejic Cautionary example

    Mar 1, 1999
    San Rafael, CA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    The problem is that the US Military has been trying to do something called "concurrency" in its weapon production. Basically, there are no prototype or test subsystems built - the first thing built is technically a production model, and things that need to be fixed - or even designed - will be done while production is ongoing. This was really bad for the F-35, which had intense delays and cost overruns, and the first batches of which will end up as test/training/aggressor examples anyway because they can't be upgraded to the capabilities of later examples. It's even worse for the USS Ford class. You can't say "this $14 billion (and counting) carrier will only be used for training". They very well may have to rip these things up multiple times over many years to finally get catapults and arresters that work.
     

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