It’s an electronic one, but still…
A key tool in the U.S. Navy’s fight against Russian and Chinese submarines weighs eight pounds, is three feet long and it doesn’t even explode.
The sonobuoy is an expendable, waterborne sensor that has been air-dropped by the hundreds to detect enemy subs, a go-to capability for America and its allies for decades. The Pentagon wants to buy 204,000 sonobuoys in its fiscal 2020 budget request, a 50 percent spending increase over 2018.
While this might seem to be pretty trivial, it’s not! The joint company that currently makes sonobuoys is in deep trouble, and probably will not be able to deliver on the order.
Full article, HERE.
I can honestly say we’ve dropped millions of sonobuoys over the years, and they were and are the primary means to locate submarines. Without them, we’ll be pissing in the wind… This is yet another fallout of the military sequestration under Obama. They cut the orders back to minimums, which didn’t allow the companies to upgrade and keep top employees.