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  • Navy Releases Details of New FFG(X) Guided-Missile Frigate Program in Request to Industry

    07/10/2017 11:10:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 10, 2017 | Megan Eckstein
    USS Freedom (LCS-1) and USS Independence (LCS-2) This post has been updated to include the link to the full Request for Information. The Navy released the first formal details on what it wants in its guided-missile frigate in a new request for information to industry issued today. The new ship concept outlined in the RFI in many ways resembles the Navy’s previous frigate plans but also looks at upgrades like more powerful radars and vertical-launch missile tubes. The RFI notes the Navy is still seeking industry input on a variety of capabilities – including, how to incorporate missile launchers for...
  • Saudi Arabia's Naval Capabilities Will Balloon Thanks To Huge U.S. Arms Deal

    05/19/2017 9:54:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 19, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    U.S. President Donald Trump will unveil the largest single American weapons sale to Saudi Arabia to date during his trip to the kingdom, which began on May 19, 2017. The deal will include weapons and equipment for the Royal Saudi air and land forces, which have been critical in Riyadh’s intervention in Yemen, as well as ballistic missile defense systems essential to for the country to counter Iran's missile forces during a conflict. However, it may be new support for the relatively small Royal Saudi Navy that speaks more to the country’s desire to project even greater power in the...
  • Beyond LCS: Navy Looks To Foreign Frigates, National Security Cutter

    05/11/2017 9:57:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | May 11, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    [UPDATED with Sec. Stackley comments] WASHINGTON: The Navy is seriously considering derivatives of foreign designs and the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter for its new frigate, after three years pursuing an upgraded version of its current Littoral Combat Ship. The shift has shaken up the industry, panicking some players, while others quietly reposition: Wisconsin’s Marinette Marine, which currently builds the 3,500-ton Freedom variant of the LCS, may instead offer an Americanized version of the FREMM, a 6,000 to 6,700-ton frigate built for the French and Italian navies by Marinette’s parent company, Fincantieri. If so, Marinette would probably part ways with...
  • Boeing Takes Harpoon Out Of LCS/Frigate Over-the- Horizon Missile Competition

    05/02/2017 7:22:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 2, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image Boeing is no longer offering an upgraded variant of its RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile as part of a competition to field an over-the-horizon anti-ship missile for the frigate and the Littoral Combat Ship, a company official told USNI News on Tuesday. “We’ve really taken a hard look at what the requirements are that [Naval Sea System Command] has looked for in the request. We’ve kept up to speed on every [request for proposal] modification and with that the constant change in the top-level requirements every time they do a...
  • Navy Considering More Hulls for Frigate Competition, Expanding Anti-Air Capability

    04/13/2017 7:55:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 12, 2017 | Sam LaGrone
    Austal USA frigate design. Austal USA image THE PENTAGON – The Navy is considering increasing its future frigate’s anti-air firepower and may open up the frigate design competition to hulls beyond the current two small surface combatant , the service told USNI News on Wednesday. An ongoing study will balance the original frigate requirements – to up-gun the existing Littoral Combat Ship designs with additional anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities – with the desire for anti-air firepower equivalent to a guided-missile frigate. The study, set to be completed this spring, will also evaluate other design beyond the Lockheed Martin Freedom-variant (LCS-1)...
  • SAS 2017: Austal Unveils Updated LCS Frigate Design with 16x Anti-Ship Missiles

    04/05/2017 4:21:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 05 April 2017
    At the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space 2017 exposition currently held near Washington D.C., Austal USA rolled out an updated LCS Frigate design called the "Austal Frigate". The main modifications consist in a slightly shortened flight deck in order to fit anti-ship missile launchers and a variable depth sonar in order to add capabilities to the ship's aft. The new Austal Frigate features a redesigned stern to add capabilities to the ship's aft. According to Austal USA, the Austal Frigate possesses increased lethality and high-speed shallow draft multi-mission combatant capabilities on a seaframe nearly identical to the Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship. This...
  • The U.S. Navy’s Redesigned Future Ship Still Won’t Fight

    12/16/2016 3:48:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Project On Government Oversight ^ | December 16, 2016 | MANDY SMITHBERGER & PIERRE SPREY
    The ‘Independence’-class Littoral Combat Ship USS ‘Coronado’ in October 2016. U.S. Navy photo The Navy’s $29 billion Littoral Combat Ship program provides a step-by-step case study in acquisition failures and the costs and risks of unacceptable levels of concurrency. Its design requirements were poorly conceived, the manpower planning was wildly unrealistic, Navy leadership and program managers repeatedly circumvented acquisition rules — increasing concurrency and cost risk — and production was approved despite poor and rushed analysis. Production milestones were approved despite glaring program failures. Moreover, the program is an example of how unwilling Congress is to step in and hold defense acquisition programs accountable....
  • GAO: 'The miracle of the LCS didn't happen' [POS "warship"]

    12/02/2016 8:45:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program is behind schedule, hundreds of millions over budget, and incapable of conducting most of the basic missions it was intended to carry out. Senators on Thursday said they wanted to know why. "Like so many major programs that preceded it, LCS's failure followed predictably from an inability to define and stabilize requirements, unrealistic initial cost estimates, and unreliable assessments of technical and integration risk, made worse by repeatedly buying ships and mission packages before proving they are effective and can be operated together," said Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told Pentagon witnesses...
  • Troubled $29 Billion U.S. Warship Sows Fresh Doubt on Worth [Bloomberg Link Only]

    12/02/2016 7:47:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Bloomberg View [Link in Body] ^ | December 1, 2016 | Anthony Capaccio
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  • Did the Navy Steal Its Stealth Warship Designs?

    11/24/2016 11:37:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.25.16 | DAVID AXE
    It’s been rough sailing for the U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship. The speedy, warship has come under fire for being lightly-armed, weakly-built, undermanned, and prone to rusting—and yet, at the same time, way too expensive. And in recent months, four of the 400-foot-long warships—half of the Littoral Combat Ships currently in commission—have suffered serious engine breakdowns, possible signs of systemic problems with the ship’s design and operating procedures. As if that weren’t enough for the beleaguered vessel, David Giles, a prominent ship-designer, is accusing the Navy of stealing his concepts for a high-speed cargo ship and illegally applying them...
  • Keel Laying of Russia's First Project 20386 Corvette "Derzky", the Russian LCS

    10/31/2016 7:39:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 29 October 2016
    The Russian Navy held the keel laying ceremony for the first Project 20386 Corvette "Derzky" on 28 October 2016 at Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard) shipyard in Saint Petersburg. This new corvette class was designed by Almaz. According to the shipyard, Project 20386 is a multipurpose vessels designed to patrol the EEZ and conduct missions against air, surface and underwater targets, protect sea lanes and control maritime economic activity. Project 20386 Corvette Derzky Russia 1Artist impression of the new Project 20386 Corvette for the Russian Navy The Project 20386 is fundamentally a new design concept for the Russian Navy: It features...
  • LCS Freedom CO fired after engine damages

    10/17/2016 7:00:13 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 29 replies
    Navy Times ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sam Fellman
    The head of the surface Navy on Thursday fired the commanding officer of a littoral combat ship that damaged one of its main propulsion diesel engines in July. Vice Adm. Tom Rowden cashiered the CO of Crew 106 of LCS Freedom, Cmdr. Michael Wohnhaas, “due to loss of confidence in his ability to effectively lead and carry out his assigned duties,” Naval Surface Force Pacific said in a Friday release announcing the removal. “The loss of confidence followed an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding damage to the ship's number 2 main propulsion diesel engine (#2 MPDE) that occurred...
  • US Navy Drops LCS Plans, Concept After Latest Failures

    09/09/2016 5:32:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    PARIS --- After spending billions of dollars, the US Navy has finally abandoned the Littoral Combat Ship concept, saying it will turn the first four LCSs into training ships and that all future vessels will be equipped for a single combat mission. Although deliberately worded to minimize its import, the US Navy statement below is a clear acknowledgement that the LCS concept has been an abysmal failure. But, even as it looks to mitigate the disastrous effects of having ordered a dozen LCS at once, before checking whether they performed as claimed (they have not), the Navy makes no mention...
  • Navy littoral combat warship to trade some speed for firepower, armor

    06/20/2016 6:57:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2016
    BATH, Maine — The Navy spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to fulfill its need for speed with a new class of fast and agile warships capable of zipping along at highway speeds. It turns out speed is overrated. The Navy has learned lessons from the light-and-speedy littoral combat ships: Upcoming ships will trade some speed in favor of more weapons and heavier armor. Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, director of surface warfare, said the goal is to increase the offensive punch of all warships from the biggest to the smallest. For the littoral combat ship, that'll begin with the...
  • The Lessons of the Littoral Combat Ship

    05/17/2016 1:14:06 PM PDT · by Syncopated · 18 replies
    Defense One ^ | may 15th | Lawrence Korb
    From its inception, the Littoral Combat Ship, or LCS, has been one of the Navy’s most controversial procurement programs. Questions have been continuously raised about its costs, survivability, lethality, and range limitations.
  • Navy to Demo Harpoon Missile on LCS at RIMPAC; NSM on USS Freedom by Next Deployment

    05/04/2016 12:35:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    The Littoral Combat Ship program is poised to make big strides this year in its strike capability, both with over-the-horizon missiles and the shorter-range Longbow Hellfire missile. The Independence-variant USS Coronado (LCS-4) will deploy later this year with the Boeing-built Harpoon anti-ship missile, and engineering is underway to outfit USS Freedom (LCS-1) with the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a partnership between Kongsberg Defence Systems and Raytheon. Program Executive Officer for Littoral Combat Ships Rear Adm. Brian Antonio told USNI News in a May 2 interview that the Harpoon system will be installed on Coronado within the next month, in time...
  • Lockheed Frigate Design to Use Proven Systems to Increase Affordability

    03/17/2016 10:51:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    National DEFENSE ^ | March 15, 2016 | Allyson Versprille
    Lockheed Martin plans to use proven components from existing ships when it sets out to compete for the Navy's upcoming frigate program. Doing so will make its offering more affordable, a company executive said March 15. The frigate will be a follow-on vessel to the service’s littoral combat ship, which currently exists in two variants — the Freedom-class manufactured by Lockheed and the Independence-class built by Austal USA. In a December memorandum Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter directed the Navy to reduce its combined procurement of littoral combat ships — and the more heavily-armed frigates to follow — from 52...
  • Boeing Says Harpoon Missile Light Enough for Littoral Combat Ship

    02/03/2016 1:38:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Military.com ^ | Feb 02, 2016 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Boeing Co. is recommending that new Littoral Combat Ships be mounted with Harpoon missile launchers this year before routine trials near Mayport, Florida, a company official said. In a recent interview with Military.com, Jeffrey "Scott" Jones, Boeing's global sales and marketing lead for the Harpoon and a retired Navy rear admiral, said a new upgrade kit that aims to double the missile's range makes it a strong candidate for mounting on the LCS and the frigate that will follow. The Navy's director of surface warfare, Rear Adm. Peter Fanta, called an over-the-horizon missile an "absolute requirement" for the ship in...
  • U.S. Navy’s LCS Struggles to Fend Off Swarm Attacks, Tests Show

    01/30/2016 1:55:08 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 01/29/16 | Tony Capaccio
    The U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship struggled in drills at sea to fend off a swarm of small attacking vessels like the Iranian boats it could encounter in the Persian Gulf, according to the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.
  • SNA 2016: Lockheed Martin Showcasing its LCS Frigate in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration

    01/19/2016 5:12:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 14 January 2016 | Xavier Vavasseur
    At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium currently held near Washington DC, Lockheed Martin is showcasing for the first time a scale model representative of the MMSC (Multi-Mission Surface Combatant) being offered to the Royal Saudi Navy as part of a modernization program of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet called SNEP II (Saudi Naval Expansion Program) LCS Frigate / MMSC scale model in Royal Saudi Navy Configuration as showcased by Lockheed Martin during SNA 2016. Back in October 2015, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced via press release that the U.S. State Department gave its green light...