The Navy Wants 2 New Aircraft Carriers (But There's A Big Catch)

The United States Navy is hoping to buy two Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers under a single contract in hopes that such a plan will save money on the massive 100,000-ton vessels. As such, the Navy has released a two-ship buy Request for Proposal to Huntington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding for CVN-80 and ACVN-81 in the hopes that such a contract will cut the cost of the $12.9 billion warships.

We Now Know How Russia's New Avangard Hypersonic Boost-Glide Weapon Will Launch

Russia will apparently use surplus UR-100UTTKh (NATO: SS-19 Stiletto) and the RS-28 Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as the launch vehicle for its Avangard hypersonic boost-glide weapon.

The new weapons will initially be deployed onboard UR-100UTTKn missiles that were returned from Ukraine after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Once the Sarmat is ready for operations, the Avangard will be deployed on that 200-ton missile also.