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    US Navy Focusing on Longer-Range Missiles, Rail Guns Research

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    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter spelled out the main Research and Development high-tech priorities he has set for the US Navy at the installation of Admiral John Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations in a speech published on the Department of Defense website.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — At the ceremony at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Carter said "this includes long-range anti-ship missiles, the electromagnetic rail gun, numerous unmanned undersea, surface, and aerial vehicles… and a wide variety of payloads, from weapons to electronic warfare systems,".

    The US Navy has also been developing innovative operational concepts to use existing capabilities in new and creative ways, Carter noted.

    "[Examples include] using flocks of swarming drones for several different missions, adapting our Tomahawk missiles to be used against moving targets in a maritime environment, and using smart projectiles that can be fired from a destroyer’s five-inch gun to defeat incoming missiles," he said.

    Carter praised Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the retiring Chief of Naval Operations, for his role in initiating and supporting the new programs.

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