The Australian government has established a Future Nuclear Submarine Task Force which will work with U.K. and U.S. counterparts over the next twelve to eighteen months to determine the best way to acquire the boats.
An ongoing Global Posture Review and a 2022 update to the National Defense Strategy will provide the U.S. Navy more clarity on what its roles and expectations will be in an increasingly competitive maritime space.
The Navy and Boeing paired their unmanned tanker with the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter for the first time, with the drone refueling its third aircraft type since June as it heads towards shipboard testing and the standup of the first MQ-25A squadron later this year.
The U.K. Royal Navy wants a future fleet with its sensors and weapons disaggregated and its ships flexible enough to change missions as needed, as it acknowledges that traditional technology superiority may not be possible in the coming decades.
The European Commission has selected a consortium of companies, led by France’s Thales, to equip its navies against high-tech underwater threats including submarines, unmanned systems, and naval mines.
Navy leaders are concerned about increased Russian submarine activity in the North Atlantic and Chinese submarine activity in the Pacific. The U.S. homeland is no longer a sanctuary from such threats, they warn.