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  • 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
    AL.com ^ | 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
    Time.com ^ | 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...
  • USN, Lockheed: Foreign LCS Sales Could Lower Costs

    01/03/2011 8:22:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | January 3rd, 2011 | John Reed
    USN, Lockheed: Foreign LCS Sales Could Lower Costs By John Reed Monday, January 3rd, 2011 3:50 pm Now that the U.S. Navy has decided to buy both classes of Littoral Combat Ship, the sea service and Lockheed Martin have begun to eye international sales as a way of further reducing the costs of the once-troubled program. “Since the LCS program began, we’ve believed this was a ship of a size and of the cost that many international navies would be interested in,” said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Lockheed’s mission systems and sensors division during a Dec. 29 teleconference. He...
  • Low-Cost Warship Rescues Navy From Shrinking Fleet

    01/03/2011 9:24:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan. 3 2011 | Loren Thompson
    Low-Cost Warship Rescues Navy From Shrinking Fleet Jan. 3 2011 - 9:47 am Posted by Loren Thompson The last ten years have been relatively kind to the U.S. Navy. The buying power of its budget has increased along with that of the other services, but few of its sailors have been subjected to the stresses experienced by soldiers and marines fighting ashore. Its civilian and uniformed leaders have exercised disproportionate influence in joint deliberations while Air Force leaders were being purged and replaced. Its modernization initiatives have largely escaped the controversy surrounding programs like the Army’s canceled Future Combat System...
  • Navy aims to please all by splitting ship work

    12/30/2010 8:06:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 198+ views
    Politico ^ | December 30, 2010 | Philip Ewing
    Navy aims to please all by splitting ship work Politico © December 30, 2010 By Philip Ewing The U.S. Navy on Wednesday announced what its top officials hope will be a Solomonic answer to a thorny problem: How do you execute a major, multi-billion dollar weapons program in today’s climate of deadlock, while at the same time pleasing as many interests as possible in the defense industry and on the Hill? The Navy has tried to do it by halving work on a series of new warships, called littoral combat ships, between two competing vendors, preempting what officials feared might...
  • U.S. Navy Awards Over $900 Million as a First Step (20 LCS)

    12/30/2010 12:17:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Defense Update ^ | December 29, 2010 | tamir eshel
    U.S. Navy Awards Over $900 Million as a First Step Toward Acquisition of 20 Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) December 29, 2010 tamir_eshel Lockheed Martin received funding for one additional Freedom class LCS and advanced payment for long lead materials for 10 vessels. Photo: US Navy The U.S. Navy has awarded two fixed-price incentive contracts worth over US$460 million each to Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA, for the design and construction of a total of 20 littoral combat ships split equally between the two companies in the next five years. The new contracts give each shipbuilding team one ship to...
  • WA company to build US navy warships (Australia)

    12/23/2010 10:43:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News, Australia ^ | Dec 23, 2010 | David Weber
    WA company to build US navy warships By David Weber Updated Thu Dec 23, 2010 United States president Barack Obama has signed off on a deal for a West Australian company to build 10 warships for the US navy. Austal will construct the warships at its yard in Alabama in a contract worth more than $4 billion. The Perth-based company has designed a 127-metre multi-purpose vessel called the Littoral Combat ship. Austal chief operating officer Andrew Bellamy says the aluminium trimaran has been developed for action close to shore where larger ships cannot operate effectively. "Effectively it was invented in...
  • Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress

    12/15/2010 9:23:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | December 15, 2010 | Daniel Goure
    Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress 20:26 GMT, December 15, 2010 Recent testimony by senior officials of the U.S. Department of the Navy before the Senate Appropriations Committee reveal the source of their new-found enthusiasm for buying both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Apparently both bidders, Lockheed Martin and Austal, came in with bids one-third lower than the price being charged for the initial set of four vessels. At $440-460 million a copy for the sea frame, the opportunity to acquire a mixed fleet of LCS is almost irresistible. Moreover, these “miracle bids”...
  • Navy Getting its LCSs for Xmas?

    12/15/2010 7:20:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 1+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | December 14th, 2010 | John Reed
    Navy Getting its LCSs for Xmas? By John Reed Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 Top U.S. Navy officials today made their case before the Senate Armed Services Committee today for buying both classes of Littoral Combat Ship as the deadline for Congress to grant the service permission to buy the ships fast approaches. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, repeatedly stressed that the dual by of 20 LCSs from both Lockheed Martin and Austal USA would save the service $2.9 billion over the next five years and allow the purchase of 10 ships from each...
  • GAO Sees Risks in LCS Mission Packages and Developmental Delays

    12/09/2010 6:52:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    GAO Sees Risks in LCS Mission Packages and Developmental Delays The Lockheed Martin-led team recently launched the third LCS. GAO Comments Proposed Dual Award Acquisition Strategy for LCS Program (Excerpts) 09:52 GMT, December 9, 2010 The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is envisioned as a vessel able to be reconfigured to meet three different mission areas: mine countermeasures, surface warfare, and antisubmarine warfare. Its design concept consists of two distinct parts—the ship itself (seaframe) and the mission package it carries and deploys. The Navy is procuring the first four ships in two different designs from shipbuilding teams led by...
  • Navy's LCS dual-buy plan clears hurdle

    12/06/2010 10:10:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Ai.com ^ | 12/3/2010 | Ai.com
    The U.S. Navy’s plan to award lucrative shallow-water warship contracts to shipyards in both Mobile and Wisconsin cleared an important hurdle Thursday, military analysts said, when U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor introduced legislation to approve the purchases. Analysts said the bill, which has been sent to the House Armed Services Committee, gives the dual-buy plan a clearer path to congressional approval before the Dec. 14 deadline imposed by the Navy. If Congress signs off, Mobile’s Austal USA and a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. will each get contracts to build 10 littoral combat ships, estimated to be worth about $5...
  • As Ship is Christened, Shipbuilder Awaits Word on Navy Contract (LCS)

    12/05/2010 7:08:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Wbay ^ | Dec 05, 2010
    As Ship is Christened, Shipbuilder Awaits Word on Navy Contract Updated: Dec 05, 2010 4:47 AM There were mixed emotions in Marinette Saturday after the christening ceremony and launch of the USS Fort Worth. With the ship 80 percent complete, 200 ship builders will lose their jobs within the next two weeks. "Unfortunately we do believe there will be some temporary layoffs starting very shortly. Until such times that we can start back up on the next LCS," says Richard McCreary, CEO of Marinette Marine. If congress approves the bill, Marinette Marine would have a $5 billion Navy contract to...
  • Local dignitaries will help launch USS Fort Worth in Wisconsin

    11/28/2010 9:23:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Nov. 27, 2010 | Chris Vaughn
    Local dignitaries will help launch USS Fort Worth in Wisconsin Posted Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 By Chris Vaughn cvaughn@star-telegram.com FORT WORTH -- The countdown for the champagne-bashing has begun. Next Saturday, on the banks of the Menominee River north of Green Bay, Wis., U.S. Rep. Kay Granger will swing a bottle of bubbly against the bow of what will become the USS Fort Worth, the first time a Navy warship will have ever borne this prairie city's name. "Standing on the platform 35 feet up waiting to hear the charge so I can swing, I'm sure there will be some...
  • F136 Phony Competition, LCS Good

    11/19/2010 7:59:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/19/2010 | John Reed
    Pentagon acquisition boss Ashton Carter today once again defended the Defense Department’s choice to forgo competition for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter engine program while delivering a speech on how the Pentagon can buy smart in a time of flat defense budgets. “We can’t afford to buy two of everything,” said Carter during a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington today. He added that the push to compete the GE-Rolls Royce F136 alternate JSF engine against Pratt & Whitney’s F135 will not result in “real competition.” Instead, the effort will result in two manufactures receiving...
  • Lower LCS Costs Could Lead To Split Purchase

    11/17/2010 5:13:24 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/17/2010 | Michael Fabey
    With Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) construction costs under greater control, the Navy is again thinking about splitting the fleet purchase between the contractor teams. “The Navy wants to split its buy of Littoral Combat Ships between a steel monohull developed by Lockheed Martin and the Marinette shipyard, and an aluminum trimaran developed by the Austal shipbuilding company of Australia,” said Lexington Institute defense analyst Loren Thompson. The Navy had considered splitting up the business for some of the first ships before, but higher costs forced it to reconsider those plans. “This acquisition strategy returns the Navy to where it was...
  • LCS Competition Ends In A Tie

    11/08/2010 9:45:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 09/08/2010 | The Strategt Page
    The U.S. Navy has made a decision on which of two competing designs for its "Littoral Combat Ship" (LCS) will enter mass production. The navy surprised everyone by choosing both designs, and requesting that the fifty or so LCS ships be split between the two very different looking ships. It was only recently, after over a decade of development, construction and delays, that both versions of the LCS entered service. Both were worked hard, to determine which model should become the standard design. Both ships delivered impressive performance. But the navy also believes that having two suppliers, even with different...
  • U.S. Navy Wants it All When it Comes to LCS

    11/04/2010 7:10:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/4/2010 | Defense Tech
    Woah, so the U.S. Navy wants to buy both classes of Littoral Combat Ship in equal numbers for a total of 20 ships, double the planned by of 10 Hulls, according to my former colleague Chris Cavas’ latest piece over at Defense News. The Navy, convinced that the competition has driven down the cost for the ships, is asking Congress for permission to award each team contracts for 10 ships, for a total of 20 new LCS hulls. “We’re engaging with key committee members, their staff and industry on whether awarding a 10-ship block buy to each team merits congressional...
  • Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant

    10/27/2010 10:21:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Euronaval ^ | 10/26/2010 | Tony Osborne
    combat system-equipped Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Orlando Carvalho, president of Lockheed Martin's MS2 division, told reporters at Euronaval in Paris that the Saudi Navy was looking at the purchase of eight LCS-variant ships, called Surface Combat Ships, equipped with the lightweight SPY-1F Aegis system as part of an expansion of the oil-rich state's naval forces. They have also shown an interest in the ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities of Aegis. Both Austal USA and Lockheed Martin are awaiting the outcome of the LCS programme. Lockheed Martin is offering its Freedom-class single hull vessel, while Austal is competing with its Independence-class...
  • Euronaval 2010: Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant

    10/27/2010 4:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Shephard Group, UK ^ | October 26, 2010 | Tony Osborne
    Euronaval 2010: Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant October 26, 2010 The Saudi Arabian government is in discussions with the US Navy about the purchase of the Aegis combat system-equipped Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Orlando Carvalho, president of Lockheed Martin's MS2 division, told reporters at Euronaval in Paris that the Saudi Navy was looking at the purchase of eight LCS-variant ships, called Surface Combat Ships, equipped with the lightweight SPY-1F Aegis system as part of an expansion of the oil-rich state's naval forces. They have also shown an interest in the ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities of Aegis. Both Austal...
  • Littoral Combat Ship Competition Rife With Rumors

    10/21/2010 10:39:33 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 10/20/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
    The U.S. Navy's close-lipped effort to pick a winning design for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program is generating more rumors than Lindsay Lohan's love-life. Maybe it's the approaching mid-term elections or maybe it's the lack of official information about how the selection process is progressing, but interested parties seem to be working overtime to formulate fanciful conspiracy theories about what's going on. The competition pits two second-tier shipyards teamed with giant defense contractors against each other for the right to produce dozens of unconventional warships that are the only new class of surface combatants to survive recent course changes...
  • Navy Balances Wants And Needs

    07/13/2010 10:18:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 7/20/2010 | Bettina H. Chavanne
    must come from the sea,” said the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead, recently about any new U.S. Navy procurement, leaving open to interpretation the programs and projects that will be included in coming budgets. The Navy is “reimagining naval power,” he said. “With cyber-power and unmanned systems we must ask ourselves fundamental questions.” If new capabilities proposed for procurement do not “come from the sea,” Roughead is not interested. The Navy no longer has the luxury of being interested in every new program or platform. The defense budget is getting slimmer. And pressure is coming from above to...
  • US Navy Begins Testing Laser Mine Detection System

    07/03/2010 12:27:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 07/02/2010 | Defense Talk
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have begun the next phase of the flight test program leading to the "final exam" Operational Evaluation and potential approval next year for full-rate production of the Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS). The Navy is conducting the Developmental Flight Test-IIE (DT-IIE) program from its Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division site in Florida. The first flight occurred on June 8. ALMDS is an airborne mine countermeasures system, one of several systems in development by Northrop Grumman to address the threat posed by mines to U.S. and allied ships. ALMDS uses its pulsed...