FITZGERALD TO GET NEW RADAR
Mr. T.M. found this one, and it raises more questions than it answers about the recent incident of the ramming of the USS Fitzgerald off the coast of Japan. Apparently, Lockheed Martin is slated to replaced the warship's radar:
The article doesn't really spell out what exactly is meant by "replace":
Lockheed Martin has received a $15.5 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the restoration of the damaged USS Fitzgerald.
The awarded procurement is for beginning repair work on the Fitzgerald after its collision with a civilian cargo ship June 17 that killed seven U.S. sailors. The work provides for the delivery, installation and testing of one SPY-1D radar array, water cooling systems for the radar system and power cables.
LM RMS will share in the responsibility of the repair. The work will be performed in Moorestown, N.J., Clearwater, Fla. and Oswego, N.Y. with an expected completion date of October 2019.
The AN/SPY-1D phased array radar is the primary component of the AEGIS Weapons System mounted on Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
Does this mean that the old radar, which was damaged in the ramming, is to be replaced by the same system, or an entirely new "upgraded" one, or a different system altogether? The questions occur because the damage to the vessel was significant and it is conceivable that the radar system was so badly damaged that it needs replacing.
However, as I've pointed out in previous blogs, the Fitzgerald was also followed by the John McCain ramming a few weeks later, and both followed the two USS Donald Cook incidents, one in the Baltic Sea and the first in the Black Sea, where apparently Russian aircraft were able to jam or shut down the system, and the reporting of those incidents suggested a kind of "selective" system jamming capability. It could be the case that in the wake of the Donald Cook incident, the defense contractors began an analysis of the incident and came up with modifications to the radars that are designed to offset whatever technologies might have been in play in all these incidents. If this speculation proves to be true, then one should expect to see contract announcements for similar upgrades to be made over time throughout the entire US fleet.
There's another possibility lurking in the background here, though. Recall that in the case of the USS Fitzgerald, one crew member reported feeling "mystification," a term which could be taken in any number of ways: mystification over why the event happened, or even mystification over the explanations for it. In the original reporting, we weren't told about the context of this crewman's remarks. In the absence of such information, I speculated that the crewman might have been recording his feelings at the moment, and that these possibly might have been related to some sort of "mind manipulation" technology in play that day. One aspect of at least the Fitzgerald and McCain incidents is that thus far there has been little to no reporting on the other aspect of these incidents, and that is the crews, not on the warships, but on the ramming vessels themselves. The silence here is deafening, and suggestive that there is much more to these incidents than meets the eye.
In any case, the Fitzgerald is getting a new radar system, and this means the McCain is likely slated for one too. But the real indicator of what might be going on in these incidents is whether or not ships that have not been rammed or the victim of such incidents will get one too. If so, then there's more to those incidents than meets the eye.
See you on the flip side.
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