The Naval Brief: Shipbuilding option; F-35 program setbacks; CH-53K milestone; and more...
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One plan stands out. Of the three options laid out in the new 30-year shipbuilding plan from the Navy, the one with the higher ship count and larger funding request gets the Navy closest to where it wants the fleet, a Navy official told senators. However, it’s unclear whether the plan is fiscally realistic, especially further into the future.
F-35 hiccups. A Government Accountability Office report says more than a quarter of F-35s in the last five years were delivered late. The report also criticized the Pentagon’s ordering of hundreds of the aircraft despite the technology not being ready, Defense One reports. Now the military faces costly system updates that will not be available for several years.
Flying stallion. The CH-53K King Stallion helicopter reached initial operational capability on April 22, a major step for the heavy lift helicopter that replaces the CH-53E Super Stallion. The helicopter has more range and lift capability than its predecessor and is an important part of Marine Corps aviation, the Marines said. The first helicopter unit is expected to be deployed in 2024.
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From Defense One
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"It would just be easier if we were using similar systems," said one expert, as U.S. officials mull long–term efforts to resupply Ukraine's arsenal.