|Quoting AGM100 (Reply 21):|
If I had to bet on a ASW replacement it would have to be some type of UAV. Pre-programed flight paths , buoy dropping and MAD signals could all be done remotely I would assume. The UAV could stay linked to strike elements or have strike capability itself.
I was also thinking maybe the V-22 could operate the role ? Would not need a gun for that !
I think that would be the perfect solution, a UAV that has the capability to dump a ton of buoy's, supports a magnetic anomaly detector (MAD
), armed with Mk48/50 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles. It would have to loiter for a long time over a search area and send back signals to either a Destroyer or Carrier.
The V-22 sounds like a good idea, but where can you put the weapons unless you build an internal bay.
Something needs to be done, the Navy is ignoring the real threat posed by the proliferation of quiet diesel submarines.
Finally Congress stepped up with increased funding so Virginia Class sub production can go to two per year in 2010, two years earlier than planned. The rapid retirement of Los Angeles class subs is bringing the attack sub fleet way too low, it should be no less than 50 attack subs. Ideally the total fleet of attack subs including the three Seawolf Class Subs would be between 55-60. Absolutely no fewer than 50!
Then there's the closure of NAS
Brunswick Maine and the disbanded of all Reserve P-3 Squadrons, which is brining the size of the P-3 fleet too low. The new P-8s will be an improvement, but again the fleet size will be an issue. There should be atleast 150 P-8s, including atleast 4-7 Reserve Squadrons.