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The word within the Pentagon is that the White House wants to collect 6-8 "scalps" -- major program kills -- in this year's Quadrennial Defense Review. Some of the cuts are already being considered as defense secretary Robert Gates rewrites the 2010 budget. You can expect to hear a lot of rumors about which programs are being targeted between now and when the Pentagon releases details of its budget request in April.
But while most of the military services are scrambling to protect programs, at least one is getting ready to offer up a signature weapons system. The Navy will propose removal of one aircraft carrier and air wing from its posture, dropping the number of carriers to the lowest number since 1942.
Originally posted by finemanmDid you know that Russia has only one aircraft carrier that doesn’t even have a catapult system? The planes drive up a ramp at the front of the ship. [edit on 27-3-2009 by finemanm]
Originally posted by finemanm
reply to post by James R. Hawkwood
You give way to much credit to old soviet technology.
Displacement: 66,000 v. 97,000 tons full load.
Air Craft carried: 44 v. 90
Crew: 1,993 v. 3,200
Russian Navy v. US Navy
less than 150 ships v. more than 250 ships.
And Russia was the other superpower until about 18 years ago. Most of their ships are soviet era ships that have 1980's capabilities in the new milienium.
The US spends WAY TOO MUCH on the military.
Originally posted by James R. Hawkwood
You might laugh if it WAS a carrier but it ISNT!
The admiral Kuznetsov is an Aviation Cruiser not a carrier.
What that means is that the Kuz has all the firepower of a big battle cruiser and has AC to enhance its fire power even more.
To get a grip of the amount of firepower the Kuz has to bear you must visualise a Carrier Battle Group. Put all the firepower on one ship and hey presto: A Aviation Cruiser with nearly the same firepower of a complete CBG.
Also the lack of a catapult system is irrelevant due to the AC taking off the Kuz: SU-33 and SU-25. The former a navalised SU-27 which is basicaly taking a F-15 to the seas. I can say that it posses a big challenge on the Super F-18. The SU-25 is very good for ASW and it can aid landforces with CAS.
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