US Navy acquires a catamaran with fully automated processes

WASHINGTON – The US Navy has begun the process of putting into operation the landing catamaran USNS Apalachicola, already 13 ships of the Spearhead type, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Naval News. The “baptism” ceremony of this ship is to take place in November 2021, and by the summer of 2022 – the final commissioning of the US Navy.

US Navy acquires a catamaran with fully automated processes
Photo credit: US Navy

The USNS Apalachicola will be the first Spearhead catamaran to maximize the automation of all processes.

A frequent “guest” of Ukrainian ports is the landing catamaran USNS Yuma, this ship is the eighth Spearhead representative. The manufacturer of this type of ship is the company Austal USA, on the berths of which the construction of another such landing catamaran is being prepared. It is planned that the US Navy will have a total of 15 ships such as Spearhead.

Spearhead-type landing catamarans have a displacement of 1,515 tons, can take on board cargo up to 600 tons, or from 104 to 312 soldiers, depending on the duration of deployment.

Range – up to 1200 at full load and speed up to 35 knots. Crew – up to 45 people.

At the end of October this year, the US Air Force signed a $ 340 million contract with the defense company Raytheon Intelligence & Space for Mobile Sensors, as we reported on November 13.

The Pentagon wants to monitor the launches of space and combat missiles of its probable opponents – China, Russia, and North Korea – around the clock and all 365 days a year.

Under this program, Raytheon Intelligence & Space until 2031 will provide technical support and improvement of the Cobra King radar system installed on the USNS Howard O. Lorenzen [T-AGM-25] and designed to track ballistic and space missile launches, writes the portal Defense Brief.

In other words, the purpose of this contract – the Pentagon wants to monitor “24 hours a day, 7 days a week – 365 days a year” missile launches of its potential adversaries, such as China, Russia, or North Korea.

Formally, the USNS ship Howard O. Lorenzen belongs to the US Navy, but the Cobra King system on this ship is “attributed” to the US Air Force.

The Cobra King system was launched in 2014 and is part of the Pentagon’s space and ballistic missile tracking system. In addition to the “sea” Cobra King, this system also includes ground radar stations Cobra Ball, Cobra Shoe, and Cobra Dane.

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