Pentagon proposes to abandon aircraft carriers and destroyers in favor of drones

The US Navy will soon be subjected to a major review. The main trend may be a reduction in the number of aircraft carriers and an increase in the number of small and unmanned surface ships in the fleet.

According to data that fell into the hands of Defense News, the Pentagon’s internal assessment department calls for the withdrawal of two aircraft carriers from the U.S. Navy, as well as stopping the increase in the number of cruisers and destroyers, the number of which should be in the range from 80 to 90.

Earlier, the new head of the Department of Defense, Mike Esper, spoke out about the importance and necessity of aircraft carriers:

I think that they demonstrate American power, American prestige. They attract people's attention. They are an excellent deterrent.

If, out of the available nine aircraft carriers, two more are written off, then the whole system of projecting military force built up over the years around the world will fall apart. However, the maintenance of such a large number of carrier strike groups is expensive even for the US budget. One aircraft carrier is almost constantly undergoing major repairs, and two more are undergoing general maintenance.

A new trend may be the transition to small guided and unmanned vehicles. The number of small ships in the US Navy is proposed to increase from 55 to 70. On this occasion, the head of the Pentagon said:

I think that the future of our fleet is a movement towards partially controlled [ships], which can become unmanned over time. I believe that by 2030 we will be able to get them at least 355 pieces.

Thus, in the foreseeable future, the U.S. Navy can be very transformed.
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  1. Alexander Semenov (Alexander Semenov) April 21 2020 15: 07
    It’s time, drones have a future. The human factor must be excluded from combat use due to weakness and mass of emotions.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) April 21 2020 23: 09
      The human factor must be excluded

      And who will press all these buttons? wassat laughing
      The human factor should be excluded rather in the anti-corruption system. Fantasy.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 21 2020 16: 14
    A small step for the USA, a big step for SkyNET.
    1. beeper Offline beeper
      beeper April 21 2020 19: 06
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      A small step for the USA, a big step for SkyNET.

      hi Well, yes, it is very similar - with our own hands, under the slogans of "smart machines", we dig a robotic "hole" for all Mankind! winked
  3. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) April 21 2020 21: 56
    This is a change in the doctrine of war.

    ... They think that war can be won only by bombing.

    Until the soldier’s boot sets foot ...
  4. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter (Gleb) April 21 2020 23: 04
    ... abandon aircraft carriers and destroyers

    Yes, yes, of course. They will act as Mikhail Sergeyevich, with Boris Nikolaevich in due time.
    Slaughter their fleet and aircraft. They’ll put tomorrow or the day after tomorrow in the settling tanks, and what doesn’t fit, they will sell them to the Chinese or put them on cufflinks.
    Clawed duck-goose, very oily. laughing
    This is how many people will remain without income? Here it would be necessary to launch a couple more viruses on the other hand or start and lose the war game. Then, maybe, but also not an option. And Mikhail Sergeyitch is in no hurry to become the president of America and to start conversion and perestroika there. In general, there are no fools.
    Perhaps there will be some tendency to increase the role of unmanned ships, ships and aircraft, but what is already there is not going anywhere, and over the next 30-50 years the ocean will be plowed open, and then such platforms will well have the right to life.
  5. Potapov Offline Potapov
    Potapov (Valery) April 22 2020 09: 05
    In favor of drones and toothpicks ...