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  • Boeing Will Offer Modified Harpoon Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

    04/16/2015 7:18:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | April 16, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    An artist’s representation of a Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile. Boeing Image Hoping to build off of the Navy’s extensive inventory of existing anti-surface missiles, Boeing plans to compete a modified version of the Harpoon RGM-84 anti-ship missile (ASM) for the over the horizon ASM capability for the Littoral Combat Ship and the modified LCS Frigate program, the company announced on Tuesday during the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2015. Boeing’s bid would add a new warhead and a reconstituted engine for a range of more than 130 nautical miles — up from the about 70 nautical mile range of the current Block...
  • Raytheon and Kongsberg Team to Pitch Stealthy Norwegian Strike Missile for LCS

    04/13/2015 4:49:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    USNI News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    An undated photo of a Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile in flight. Kongsberg Photo ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Norwegian manufacturer of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) has teamed with U.S. missile manufacturer Raytheon to pitch the anti-ship missile (ASM) to the Navy as the over-the-horizon (OTH) ASM for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), company officials told reporters in a briefing on Thursday. The agreement comes as the Navy surface warfare directorate is working through the requirements for a longer range anti-ship missile to include onboard the LCS and the modified LCS frigate design with a request for proposal (RfP) for the...

    02/19/2015 5:21:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Center for International Maritime Security ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | STEVEN WILLS
    Many critics have assailed the Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) program for its high cost in comparison with foreign, supposedly better armed and equipped equivalents. The Danish Iver Huitfeldt and Absalon class frigates are often cited as examples of cheaper, more capable small combatants in comparison with LCS. These claims are not well researched and are based on isolated points of data rather than any systemic analysis. Other nations may be able to build relatively cheap warships, but hidden factors not discussed by critics, rather than U.S. shipbuilding and general acquisition deficiencies make this possible. The Danish Navy, in conjunction with...
  • U.S. Navy says renaming LCS ships as "frigates"

    01/15/2015 8:38:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | Andrea Shalal
    Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Thursday said the Navy would rename the modified Littoral Combat Ships it plans to build in coming years as "frigates," given their enhanced capabilities. "One of the requirements of the Small Surface Combatant Task Force was to have a ship with frigate-like capabilities. Well, if it's like a frigate, why don't we call it a frigate?" Mabus told the annual conference of the Surface Navy Association. Mabus said the changed designation would apply primarily to the next 20 ships to be built, but 32 earlier Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) that...
  • Report: littoral combat ship not 'significantly more survivable' after proposed military upgrades

    01/09/2015 7:58:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies ^ | January 08, 2015 | Michael Finch II
    The plans to upgrade the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship will not improve the vessel's capability to sustain an attack, according to a Bloomberg News report. Last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to upgrade both versions of the ships built by Austal USA and Lockheed Martin. The report cites comments from Michael Gilmore, the military's director of operational, test and evaluation, saying "the minor modifications to the LCS will not yield a ship that is significantly more survivable." The Navy's proposal to buy another 20 ships with the upgrades to the ship's surface warfare and anti-submarine...
  • FMS of MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems May Indicate Purchase of LCS or DDG by Saudi Arabia

    12/19/2014 10:22:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 December 2014
    The recent (and very low profile) announcement by the U.S. Department of Defense of a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) to Saudi Arabia could possibly be an indication of the procurement of Littoral Combat Ships or DDG-51 type (Burke class) Destroyers by the Royal Saudi Navy. Here is Navy Recognition's take on it. On December 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the following contract award: Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded a $235,329,189 firm-fixed-price contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS) electronic and mechanical modules...
  • Up Gunned LCS Hulls Picked for Navy’s Next Small Surface Combatant

    12/11/2014 6:55:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    PENTAGON — The Navy will beef up the weapons, armor and sensors on its two existing classes of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) in an answer to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s call for a tougher Small Surface Combatant (SSC), the Navy announced in a late Thursday briefing with reporters. The two variants of the ship will replace the last 20 ships in the initial plan for 52 Flight 0 Lockheed Martin Freedom-class and Austal USA Independence-class LCS hulls as part of the SSC directive the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) outlined to the Navy in a January memo....
  • Analyst: Surface Navy Needs Revamped Payloads for Offensive Warfare

    11/17/2014 6:59:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | November 17, 2014 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy’s surface fleet is in need of some short-term payload adjustments to regain an advantage in offensive surface strike capabilities. “The surface fleet today really can’t do offensive sea control,” said Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a Washington think tank, and a former special assistant to the chief of naval operations, speaking to reporters Nov. 17. Clark, author of the new CSBA assessment, “Commanding the Seas: A Plan to Reinvigorate U.S. Navy Surface Warfare,” said the Navy needs a short-term — meaning by 2025 — adjustment in its...
  • Dear US Navy: The Futuristic X3K Is What Littoral Combat Ships Should Be (Indonesian ship!)

    10/10/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/10/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The last decade has seen some pretty awesome looking warships hit waters around the globe. On the "blue water" side of things the Star Wars looking Zumwalt Class and the minimalist art-like Lafayette Class were clearly designed with stealth in mind. Yet the "brown water" is where the most exotic vessels roam, and this is precisely where the X3K was born to fight. An Indonesian Combat Trimaran Designed In Sweden The X3K was built by Indonesian-based Swedish boat builder North Sea Boats, and designed in part by renowned exotic boat builder LOMOcean Design LTD. The goal was to build a...
  • Will Huntington Ingalls Build the Navy's New Super-Frigate?

    10/05/2014 10:23:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies ^ | October 04, 2014 | Motley Fool
    The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed Huntington Ingalls will not be building its new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters -- and great is the lamentation in Newport News, Va. Huntington Ingalls won't get to build a new Offshore Patrol Cutter for the Coast Guard. But its National Security Cutter just might fit Navy needs for a new Small Surface Combatant. Photo: Huntington Ingalls . For years, Huntington Ingalls has been the Coast Guard's go-to builder for building its multiple coastal and deepwater patrol vessels . News that Huntington didn't even make the short list in February, however -- and that...
  • Navy: Norwegian Missile Test On Littoral Combat Ship Successful

    09/24/2014 8:33:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | September 24, 2014 | Sam LaGrone
    A Tuesday test of the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile on Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS-4) was deemed a success and could pave the way to expand the weapons portfolio of LCS and the follow on Small Surface Combatant (SSC). “We view this successful missile test as a possible future warfighting capability for the LCS program,” said Naval Surface Forces commander, Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden in a Tuesday statement. “This allows for the integration of weapons and sensors like the Kongsberg NSM technology as part of the LCS warfare suite.” The missile was fired from a launcher positioned on Coronado’s...
  • Navy to Conduct Strike Missile Demonstration Aboard LCS 4

    09/18/2014 11:33:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Sea Power Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014
    WASHINGTON — The Navy is scheduled to conduct a live-fire demonstration of a Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile (NSM) aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) while underway in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 24, a Naval Sea Systems Command spokesman announced in a Sept. 18 release. The Kongsberg NSM is a long-range precision-strike missile designed to be launched from a variety of ships against a variety of targets. This demonstration is intended to test the capabilities of the Norwegian-made missile from a sea-based platform against a Mobile Ship Target (MST) and provide insights into the weapon’s stated capabilities of...
  • Lockheed Offers Navy New LCS Variant

    09/03/2014 5:55:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 | KRIS OSBORN
    Lockheed Martin is offering the Navy a slightly heavier, technologically re-configured multi-warfare variant of the Littoral Combat Ship that has added survivability features such as built in vertical launch tubes and a stronger radar. It is part of Lockheed’s submission to the Navy’s Small Surface Combatant Task Force’s, or SSCTF, solicitation asking industry to come up with specs and designs for a new multi-mission surface ship engineered to address and correct some of the problems with the LCS. Lockheed’s offering, which is based on their international variant of the LCS, is designed to engineer certain technologies into the hull itself,...
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • To Sell U.S. Combatants Overseas–Follow the French!

    08/01/2014 11:00:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Next Navy ^ | JULY 31, 2014
    U.S. naval ship vendors could learn a thing or two from the French, as they’ve thus far fought off extensive American efforts to intrude on France’s niche market in small surface combatants. It’s almost embarrassing. Despite American efforts to sell the Littoral Combat Ship, the French Gowind-Class corvette “family of ships” has quietly taken big bites out of the LCS’s international market. With the Gowind ships, France has simply out-hustled the LCS program, picking up two big orders from Malaysia and Egypt–and DCNS is actively looking to seize other key markets. The United States should take a good long look...
  • (Non-existent) Stealth destroyers, (broken) littoral combat ships headed to Pacific

    07/29/2014 7:20:54 AM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/29/14 | Robson
    Stealth destroyers, littoral combat ships headed to Pacific, Mabus says With $3.3 billion Zumwalt, Navy trying for smallest blip on radar Sometime next year, the USS Zumwalt will begin testing the Tomahawk missiles, GPS-guided munitions and "total ship" computing systems that will make the $3.3 billion vessel the most advanced destroyer in Navy history. Scope of Navy's LCS program uncertain, despite no clear replacement The lighter, faster surface fleet of the future may get heavier than Navy leaders have planned, as high-ranking skeptics at the Pentagon try to convince lawmakers that the service is relying too much on a new...
  • US Navy’s Coronado LCS to test Norwegian missile in September

    07/28/2014 7:12:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies ^ | 28 July 2014
    The US Navy's second Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS) Coronado (LCS 4) is set to test launch Kongsberg's naval strike missile (NSM) off Point Mugu, Southern California, US, in September. Marking the first firing of a surface-to-surface missile from an LCS, the upcoming trial follows the successful launch of the NSM from the Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen during RIMPAC exercises. NAVSEA spokesperson lieutenant Kurt Larson was quoted by the NavyTimes as saying: "The planned September live-firing demonstration aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) of the naval strike missile under the foreign comparative testing programme will test the ship's feasibility to execute...
  • U.S. Navy Discovers That Sailors Need Sleep (LCS Troubles)

    07/11/2014 10:51:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 07/11/2014 | Michael Peck
    Undermanned and overworked crews can’t keep Littoral Combat Ships running Did you ever work a job that required two people, but your stingy employer insisted that one was enough? Then you understand the problem with the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. One of the LCS’s supposed advantages is its much smaller crew compared to other vessels. Where a Navy frigate might have 200 sailors, the frigate-size LCS has just 40—although, to be fair, two different 40-person crews take turns running the ship. LCS is a jack-of-all-trades warship that can carry different modules for various missions—anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare or mine-hunting. The...
  • Lockheed Says It Can ‘Easily’ Improve LCS

    06/11/2014 12:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | June 10, 2014 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: In the race to replace the Navy’s controversial Littoral Combat Ship, the leading contender seems to be…. a better Littoral Combat Ship. That’s the clear implication of what we’ve been hearing from Navy leadership, and it’s clear from press briefings today that LCS contractor Lockheed Martin feels pretty confident it can do the job. (Lockheed builds the Freedom-class LCS; the Independence variant is by Austal and General Dynamics). The incumbent’s advantage here is time. Lockheed VP Joe North told reporters at the companys pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing that he expects “every shipyard across Europe” to take a shot. But...
  • Finmeccanica Proposes 76mm Gun for LCS

    04/22/2014 8:01:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 7th, 2014 | Kris Osborn
    Finmeccanica is proposing that the OTO Melara 76mm gun be configured onto the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship as part of an effort to improve the lethality and survivability of the shallow-water , multi-mission vessel. The naval artillery piece would replace the existing 57mm weapon now on board the LCS, per the existing proposal, said Eric Lindenbaum, vice president of Navy and Maritime programs for DRS Technologies. OTO Melara and DRS Technologies are both subsidiaries for the Italian defense company, Finmeccanica SpA. Amidst an ongoing effort to develop alternative proposals for a new small surface combatant, Navy officials are busy exploring...
  • Bring on the Frigate: LCS Is Outgunned, Outclassed

    03/06/2014 6:14:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | March 6, 2014 | William A. Price
    The future of the littoral combat ship is anything but certain. In January, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox issued a classified memo ordering the Navy to reduce planned purchases of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from 52 to 32. In a preview of the FY15 defense budget proposal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel backed that decision saying he was “concerned that the Navy is relying too heavily on the LCS to achieve its long-term goals for ship numbers.” Hagel directed that the Navy begin studying “alternative proposals to procure a capable and lethal small surface combatant, consistent with the...
  • Navy Ordered to Drop LCS Fleet by 20 Ships

    01/16/2014 9:11:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 16th | Kris Osborn
    The Office of the Secretary of Defense has instructed the Navy to reduce its planned buy of the new Littoral Combat Ship from 52 to 32 ships, substantially limiting the size and scope of the emerging multi-mission, shallow-water ship program, according to reports. Defense News cites a Jan. 6 memo from Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox account announcing the decision pointing to budget guidance from the White House on some large acquisition decisions. Pentagon and Navy officials would not comment on the memo or the acquisition decision regarding LCS fleet size, citing budget deliberations as pre-decisional. “We continue to...
  • Lockheed sees more clarity on Saudi naval buy in next months

    11/27/2013 10:39:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | ANDREA SHALAL-ESA
    (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) expects news about a multibillion dollar program to modernize the Saudi Arabian Navy in the next several months, senior company executives told Reuters at the Dubai Airshow on Wednesday after meetings with Saudi officials. "We're hopeful in the next several months that some clarity will present itself on how they want to go forward on what hull, what design, and what mission equipment," said Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International. Lockheed Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson discussed the naval modernization program and other issues during the air show with Prince Salman bin...
  • Royal Malaysian Navy Gowind class Corvettes for LCS program to be fitted with stealth 57mm Guns

    04/16/2013 2:40:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Tuesday, 16 April 2013
    Royal Malaysian Navy Gowind class Corvettes for LCS program to be fitted with stealth 57mm Guns At the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition 2013, Navy Recognition exclusively learned that the 6 future Gowind class Corvettes (Littoral Combat Ship program) will be fitted with 57mm Mark 3 main guns with stealth cupola from BAE Systems Bofors. We also took the opportunity to get the latest updates on the Malaysian LCS program from Anuar Murad, Director of Defence and Security at Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation. It was confirmed during LIMA that the combat management system will be the SETIS by DCNS,...
  • Leaked Navy memo says $440 million LCS lack firepower, need review

    03/28/2013 9:48:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Ellen Mitchell
    Leaked Navy memo says $440 million LCS lack firepower, need review The Littoral Combat Ship, a vessel intended to replace aging vessels in the U.S. Navy and be small and speedy for use in shallow waters, lacks the firepower it needs, a top U.S. Navy commander said in a classified memo, according to Bloomberg. Vice Admiral Tom Copeman, the commander of naval surface forces, said the Navy should consider a ship with more offensive capability after the first 24 vessels are built, according to a Navy official who asked not to be identified discussing the confidential document, Bloomberg reported. Admiral...
  • The Navy’s New Class of Warships: Big Bucks, Little Bang

    10/09/2012 3:31:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies ^ | October 5, 2012 | John Sayen
    The Navy’s New Class of Warships: Big Bucks, Little Bang The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is not only staggeringly overpriced and chronically unreliable but — even if it were to work perfectly — cannot match the combat power of similar sized foreign warships costing only a fraction as much. Let’s take a deep dive and try to figure out why. The story so far: – Congress has funded the LCS program since February 2002. Its publically stated purpose was to create a new generation of surface combatants able to operate in dangerous shallow water and near-shore environments. –...
  • Maintenance Hurdles Mount For LCS

    07/24/2012 7:26:16 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    AUSN ^ | July 23, 2012 | Christopher P. Cavas
    When the littoral combat ship Freedom needs scheduled maintenance overseas, the workers who step onboard had better be Americans. U.S. law bars foreign shipyard workers from doing such tasks as preventive and corrective maintenance, deep cleaning and corrosion control — crucial work for a ship manned by only 50 or so Sailors, meaning it will rely more on shore-based support than other U.S. Navy ships. And as more LCS hulls come into service, that foreign-based support will become ever more important. The U.S. plans to base four ships in Singapore — Freedom will sail there next year — and another...
  • New report on Littoral Combat Ship released - quick-swap module system unworkable

    07/23/2012 4:37:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
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  • Papers Released Show Problems with Littoral Combat Ship (Severe hull cracks, speed limited to 15kts)

    04/28/2012 6:14:43 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 34 replies
    POGO ^ | April 23, 2012 | Danielle Brian
    Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: Your Committees have repeatedly questioned the utility and effectiveness of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program—which is expected to cost taxpayers more than $120 billion over the life of the program[1] and constitute as much as half of the Navy’s surface fleet.[2] Your Committees have repeatedly been assured by the Navy as well as by the ships’ manufacturers that the program is delivering quality ships. Unfortunately, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), a nonpartisan independent watchdog that has championed responsible weapons procurement for more than three decades, has learned that these assurances about one of...
  • LCS Couldn't Survive War With China, But It Could Help Prevent It: CNO

    04/12/2012 9:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | April 12, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    LCS Couldn't Survive War With China, But It Could Help Prevent It: CNO WASHINGTON: As Chinese and Filipino ships continue to face off in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, the Chief of Naval Operations acknowledged that the Navy's prized new Littoral Combat Ship might not survive a shooting war against a well-armed adversary like China. But, Adm. Jonathan Greenert said this morning at a National Press Club breakfast organized by Government Executive magazine, the small, versatile vessel could free up larger warships from the day-to-day policing, presence, and partnership-building missions that are the best way to prevent...
  • Smaller Navy Ship Has a Rocky Past and Key Support

    04/05/2012 8:57:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 5, 2012 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    Smaller Navy Ship Has a Rocky Past and Key Support MOBILE, Ala. — The Navy’s newest ship is designed to battle Iranian attack boats, clear mines from the Strait of Hormuz, chase down Somali pirates and keep watch on China’s warships. The ones built here even look menacing, like Darth Vader on the sea. “It’s going to scare the hell out of folks,” said Representative Jo Bonner, the Alabama Republican who represents Mobile and is one of the ship’s biggest boosters in Congress. Mr. Bonner acknowledged that the ship had needed a “tweak” here and there — his allusion to...
  • Boeing’s New Missile for Littoral Combat Ships

    01/18/2012 7:59:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    DefenseTech ^ | January 18th, 2012
    Boeing’s New Missile for Littoral Combat Ships Last week we showed you this photo I took of a mysterious missile that Boeing had on display at the Surface Navy Association’s annual convention just outside of DC. I had never seen, or heard of, this missile before and no one at Boeing’s booth could talk about the weapon. Well, a spokeswoman with Boeing’s Phantom Works division just emailed me to explain that the Joint Air-Breathing Multi-Role Missile (JABMM) is being designed for use by the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). Remember, the sea service replaced the canceled Non-Line of Sight missile...
  • LCS "Ugly Duckling" Turning Into A Swan

    10/31/2011 5:00:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Lexington Institute ^ | October 26, 2011 | Daniel Goure
    LCS "Ugly Duckling" Turning Into A Swan 17:17 GMT, October 26, 2011 Until recently, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) has struggled to overcome the impression that it was the U.S. Navy's "ugly duckling." There were questions regarding the mission for the LCS -- operations in littoral waters, the possibility of building warships in commercial shipyards according to commercial standards, and the plausibility of equipping the LCS with plug-and-play mission modules. There were complaints about the designs of both variants. There was the crisis of rising prices as the cost for each ship rose when the builders were required to meet...
  • Could Saudi Arabia be Bath Iron Works’ next big customer?

    08/31/2011 8:56:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Aug. 31, 2011 | Seth Koenig
    Could Saudi Arabia be Bath Iron Works’ next big customer? Pat Wellenbach | AP The christening of the Murphy, the last in a series of Arleigh Burke class destroyers, takes place in May at Bath Iron Works' shipyard in Bath, Maine. The Arleight Burke class of destroyer is among those being considered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the country seeks to overhaul its seaborne military. By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff Posted Aug. 31, 2011, at 7:17 p.m. BATH, Maine — Historically a dealer of warships exclusively to the U.S. Navy, Bath Iron Works may find itself a new...
  • Cost, quality problems dog Navy's LCS warship

    07/30/2011 8:09:20 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | July 30, 2011
    Cost, quality problems dog Navy's LCS warship The littoral combat ship Freedom (LCS-1) has been undergoing maintenance and upgrades at BAE Ship Repair San Diego. — Earnie Grafton A decade-old, multibillion-dollar attempt by the Navy to develop a radically different family of warships is reeling from cost overruns, structural problems and doubts about the design, staffing, role and survivability of the speedy new vessels. This month, a bipartisan group of seven U.S. senators demanded that the Pentagon explain why Freedom, the first of the new littoral combat ships, suffered a small but worrisome crack in its hull and had to...
  • Top architect proposes new type of frigate for the Navy

    07/27/2011 9:30:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Sign On San Diego ^ | July 27, 2011 | Gary Robbins
    Top architect proposes new type of frigate for the Navy The nation’s leading independent naval architectural firm has been quietly gauging whether senior Navy officials are interested in a new class of frigate that would be smaller and lighter replacement for the aging ships now being phased out of service. The new 3,500-ton "light frigates" would be more heavily armed than previous models and be capable of carrying out a variety of missions over a wide area of the world’s oceans. Gibbs & Cox of Arlington, Va., says it has produced concept drawings for a roughly 400-foot steel-hull, twin-propellor, diesel-powered...
  • Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia

    05/26/2011 5:46:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 26 May 2011
    Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia By Bloomberg Thursday, 26 May 2011 1:08 PM Lockheed Martin Corp has proposed selling to Saudi Arabia eight Littoral Combat Ship hulls outfitted with its Aegis radar in a package that may be valued at $5bn, a company executive said. “What we are offering is the Aegis SPY 1F system on the Littoral Combat Ship,” Paul Lemmo, vice president of business development at Lockheed’s Mission Systems and Sensors unit, said in an interview today in Arlington, Virginia. The Aegis SPY-1F is a smaller, lighter version of the air and missile defense...
  • A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.

    05/24/2011 8:45:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | May 24th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe. Lockheed Martin says its second littoral combat ship, the USS Fort Worth, is 87 percent complete. It’ll start work on its third and fourth ships over the coming year. The U.S. Navy wants at least 55 LCSes. From the defense contractor’s standpoint, Lockheed’s return to shipbuilding looks like a success: It is moving toward steady production of a stable design and will likely be able to book many hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the program. (Lockheed’s first LCS, the Freedom, didn’t go so smoothly, and it cost much,...
  • East/West Divide Grows In the International Navy Shipbuilding Business

    05/16/2011 10:20:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | June 2011 | Stew Magnuson
    East/West Divide Grows In the International Navy Shipbuilding Business June 2011 By Stew Magnuson The United Arab Emirates’ new corvette-class ship sat along the dock at a recent trade show. Its manufacturer, Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding, wanted to show off its indigenously built vessel and it was the main attraction at the first ever NAVDEX exhibition, a new section to the Middle East’s largest arms show, IDEX, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. But little of what the company featured came from the UAE. The design of the planned fleet of six Baynunah-class ships originated at Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie of...
  • Austal eyes Saudi market for more LCS sales

    04/19/2011 6:44:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Press-Register ^ | April 12, 2011 | Dan Murtaugh
    Austal eyes Saudi market for more LCS sales Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register Press-Register MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA is eyeing Saudi Arabia as a potential buyer for its littoral combat ship, company officials said. Reuters news service reported last week that the Saudi government has asked the United States for prices on surface warships that integrate air and missile defenses. The Saudis also inquired about helicopters, patrol craft and shore infrastructure. Executives with Lockheed Martin Corp., which along with Austal builds LCS for the U.S. Navy, told Reuters that the first wave of the Saudi...
  • The phantom frigate

    04/14/2011 8:43:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 13th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    The phantom frigate By Philip Ewing Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 Huntington Ingalls Industries may now be a separate company from its former parent Northrop Grumman, but some things never change: This week, as it has for years, exhibitors used their booth at the Sea Air Space trade show to promote a concept that the new company officials still hope could be a big new moneymaker for the Ingalls yard in Pascagoula, Miss.: A badass naval version of the comparatively tame National Security Cutter now in use with the Coast Guard. The concept used to be called the “National Patrol Frigate,”...
  • Saudis ask U.S. for price quotes for warships

    04/08/2011 10:03:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 09, 2011 | Jim Wolf
    Saudis ask U.S. for price quotes for warships Saturday April 09, 2011 By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has asked the United States for prices for surface warships with integrated air and missile defenses, helicopters, patrol craft and shore infrastructure, the U.S. Navy said on Friday. The Navy is preparing a rough cost estimate that would be delivered possibly as soon as May, Navy spokeswoman Captain Cate Mueller told Reuters. Saudi Arabia is the biggest U.S. arms buyer and is expected to remain so despite political upheaval in the Middle East. The request for medium surface...
  • Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN

    03/28/2011 11:46:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Austal sees smaller LCS for RAN AAP March 25, 2011, 11:11 am Shipbuilder Austal is proposing a smaller version of its revolutionary US Navy Littoral Combat Ship as the Australian navy's next generation warship. Austal chief executive Andrew Bellamy, in Canberra for meetings with defence officials, said the company was now constructing 10 LCSs for the US under a $US3.7 billion ($A3.63 billion) contract announced last year. Under the 2009 Defence White Paper, Australia's existing navy patrol boats, minehunters and hydrographic vessels will be replaced by 20 multi-role vessels (MRVs) with the first scheduled to enter service around 2019. "Our...
  • Lawmaker concerned that Navy fleet isn’t ready for combat

    03/12/2011 9:35:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/09/11 | John T. Bennett
    Lawmaker concerned that Navy fleet isn’t ready for combat By John T. Bennett - 03/09/11 07:37 PM ET A longtime supporter of the Navy’s new fleet of shallow-water ships is beginning to question whether the vessels are truly fit for combat. The Navy plans to buy 55 Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) vessels, but unless the service can show it can survive in hostilities, “I’m not sure we can justify that,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said Wednesday during a House Appropriations Defense subcommittee hearing. Moran’s sudden concern about the program — he has long been a proponent — was triggered by...
  • EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship

    02/02/2011 5:49:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 1+ views
    EADS North America, Inc. ^ | February 2, 2011
    EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship TRS-3D naval multimode surface and air surveillance and target acquisition. (Photo: Cassidian) Lightweight, multifunction radar already operating on LCS 1 and U.S. Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter 07:59 GMT, February 2, 2011 Arlington, Virginia | EADS North America has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to supply its TRS-3D radar for the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. As part of a recent Department of Defense award, Lockheed Martin will construct up to 10 Littoral Combat Ships through 2015. Under the terms of its contract, EADS North America...
  • The Wrong Ship at the Wrong Time

    01/31/2011 8:13:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    U.S Naval Institute (USNI) ^ | January 2011 | Commander John Patch
    The Wrong Ship at the Wrong Time Issue: Proceedings Magazine - January 2011 Vol. 137/1/1,295 By Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired) It is clear that the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program cannot live up to expectations. Yet the surface Navy still badly needs low-end ships for littoral and maritime-security missions. Since the concept phase of the LCS program, supporters and detractors alike have argued for or against the ship class. Recently, however, the debate has shifted away from pundits to official U.S. government assessors, with arguably damning conclusions about the ships. Navy leaders espousing the virtues of LCS-1 and...
  • BAE Systems to Build Gun Systems for US Navy LCS

    01/21/2011 3:03:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    BAE Systems PLC ^ | Jan 21, 2011
    BAE Systems to Build Gun Systems for US Navy LCS Arlington, Virginia - As the country's leading naval guns producer, BAE Systems will provide the primary gun systems on 10 U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to be built by the Lockheed Martin-led team. BAE Systems will equip the 10 ships with 57 millimeter Mk 110 gun systems. "We're very happy to be part of the LCS program," said Gary Slack, president of BAE Systems U.S. Combat Systems. "We look forward to furnishing these dynamic new ships with the absolute best in naval gun technology." BAE Systems will also provide...
  • Rolls-Royce to Power Ten Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S Navy

    01/17/2011 5:55:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Rolls-Royce plc ^ | January 16, 2011
    Rolls-Royce to Power Ten Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S Navy (Source: Rolls-Royce plc; issued January 16, 2011) Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will supply gas turbines and waterjets for ten of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) – the Group’s largest ever marine naval surface ship contract. Designed to operate in combat zones close to the shore (littoral waters), each LCS will be equipped with two Rolls-Royce MT30 gas turbines powering four large waterjets, enabling the vessels to reach speeds in excess of 40 knots. At 36 megawatts, the MT30 is the world’s most powerful marine gas...
  • Navy Close to Choosing Griffin Missile for LCS

    01/11/2011 7:46:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 11th, 2011 | John Reed
    Navy Close to Choosing Griffin Missile for LCS By John Reed Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 6:34 pm Posted in Naval The U.S. Navy is moving towards selecting Raytheon’s Griffin missile as the replacement for the cancelled Non-Line of Sight missile on its Littoral Combat Ships, according to the director of the service’s surface warfare division. After evaluating its options for replacing one of the key parts of the LCS’ surface warfare mission systems for six months, the surface warfare division settled on the Griffin due to the fact that it can hit targets at acceptable ranges for less money than...
  • The LCS is not expected to be survivable in a hostile combat environment…

    01/09/2011 7:49:09 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 37 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | January, 2011 | USNI
    LCS was designated by the Navy as a Level I survivability combatant ship, but neither design is expected to achieve the degree of shock hardening as required by the CDD [Capabilities Development Document]. Shock hardening (ability to sustain a level of operations following an underwater explosive attack) is required for all mission critical systems, as required by a Level 1 survivability requirement. Only a few selected subsystems will be shock hardened, supporting only mobility to evacuate a threat area following a design-level shock event. Accordingly, the full, traditional rigor of Navy-mandated ship shock trials is not achievable, due to the...