posted on Mar, 23 2016 @ 12:36 AM
Everyone knows the debacle of UCLASS. It started out with the jointness thing with the Blue Beanies and then the squids went off and did the X-47B.
Then when it came to decision time, the USN got into a three way bun fight with itself - predator ISR equiv vs A-12 Avenger replacement - and
Congress. The entire project got jammed up so bad, I swear they pulled the tanker direction out of somewhere dark just to keep from losing all hope
of making progress on getting UAVs on the carrier decks.
So long as they pick a payload big enough, its not a bad decision.
However, then, I got a whiff of something I've not smelled in a long time...a clue...emanating from naval brass: they still want the all UCLASS, but
first the tanker.
If they were really smart, they'd go with the TERN for the ISR and distribute that across the battle group. If they were really, really smart, they'd
make a TERN R (Reaper like upgrade) and have it fly around with 2+ Mk 50 torpedoes. Then you could have a 'sub cap' up all that time.
edit on 23-3-2016 by anzha because: forgot the