Reference News Network reported on January 24 that the website of National Interest Bimonthly published on January 21 entitled The Ultimate Weapon of the U.S. Navy: Mothership Attack? The article.
As the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps refine their new strategy and continue to focus on new big power threats, future U.S. amphibious attacks may evolve into a coordinated operation consisting of tens of thousands of decentralized (independent) deployed manned/unmanned reconnaissance vessels, landing vessels carrying armored vehicles, deminers and small attack ships.
According to the article, the idea is to deploy a decentralized but networked fleet consisting of the next generation of landing craft and other small vessels dispatched from amphibious attack ships. Amphibious attack ships will have command and control capabilities, while providing sensor (detection) support, long-range firepower and air firepower support for combat operations for 5th generation fighters.
Major General David Koffman, head of the U.S. Naval Expeditionary Operations Department, said at the Naval Association Seminar: We envisage a fleet of smaller, multi-tasked warships to play a leading role in naval operations. Weve been talking about a navy of 355 ships. What about a navy of 35,000 ships?
DATA PICTURE: Amphibious attack ships, as key nodes, will play a more important role in the future amphibious operations of the U.S. Army.
DATA PICTURE: US Navy LCAC air cushion landing craft. (Pictures come from the Internet)
Koffman explained that it was a family of combat boats, people and unmanned ships, integrated to carry out decentralized maritime operations.
At present, potential opponents already have longer range anti-ship weapons, more sensitive sensors, more advanced targeting technology and faster computing speed military computers. Therefore, amphibious battle forces attacking beaches may need to diversify their operations and increase the difficulty of the enemy targeting them. Therefore, an amphibious combat force with dispersed deployment but network interconnection and not easily attacked by enemy fire will be used to attack multiple landing points to break through enemy defense.
This does not mean that we will abandon large amphibious warships, but that we will use them more effectively, he said. They are an important part of our projection of combat forces.
It is expected that new equipment, such as future air cushion landing craft, unmanned surface vessels, amphibious assault vehicles, ship-borne Underwater Unmanned submarines and even fire-upgrading patrol boats, will enable the new strategy to introduce new, more effective and more lethal hyperhorizon amphibious operations attack capabilities.
DATA PICTURE: U.S. Marine F-35B Stealth Short Vertical Fighter. (Pictures come from the Internet)
It is expected that the next generation of landing craft that will replace the existing LCAC air cushion landing craft, such as the new air cushion landing craft (known as the shore connector) currently being produced by the US company Desilon, will take a prominent place in these anticipated tasks.
Koffman said that the implementation of the new strategy depends not only on the threat facing the United States, but also on the fifth generation of fighter planes. The F-35B stealth short-droop fighters of the Marine Corps already have operational capabilities. They will provide close air support for the advancing amphibious offensive operations, and use airborne sensors to conduct forward reconnaissance and launch attacks on their own. Air supremacy is crucial to the success of amphibious attacks. According to this logic, the F-35B will be used to perform tasks to eliminate enemy air-to-air and air-to-ground threats, such as enemy UAVs, fighter aircraft, and even incoming anti-ship and ballistic missiles. The idea is to use F-35B to cooperate with unmanned reconnaissance aircraft and other intelligence information nodes to discover and destroy the enemys land-based defense system and clear the way for ground forces to attack.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Yao Wenguang_NN1682