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  • 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...
  • Navantia Said to Be in Negotiations With Saudi Arabia for 5 Avante 2200 Corvettes

    01/19/2016 2:38:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 19 January 2016
    According to Spanish daily newspaper La Voz de Galicia, Spanish shipyard Navantia is said to be in advanced negotiations with Saudi Arabia for five Avante 2200 corvettes. The newspaper talks about "final phase" of talks. It is likely that Navantia is competing against Lockheed Martin who is offering four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) Ships, an export variant of Lockheed Martin's Freedom class LCS currently in use with the U.S. Navy. We just revealed the design of the MMSC last week while attending the SNA 2016 show. Follow this link to see the pictures. The ships are being offered as part...
  • Amid Plummeting Oil Prices, Saudi Arabia Rejects Littoral Combat Ship Deal With US

    01/14/2016 4:49:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    International Business Times ^ | 01/11/16 | CHRISTOPHER HARRESS
    The Saudi Arabian government has rejected a $4 billion U.S. military offer to build state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat warships, citing high costs and a long delivery time. The ruling royal family in Riyadh, which regularly spends heavily on U.S. defense products, has had to tighten its government budgets over the past year because of the plummeting price of oil, which is the country's main source of income. While the deal is not dead yet, Saudi officials are expected to ask for a cheaper price tag and a delivery time under the current seven years as quoted by primary manufacturer...
  • Secretary Of Defense Carter Smacks Down The Littoral Combat Ship Program

    12/18/2015 9:36:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 17 December 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    In an unusually scathing memo to Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has demanded severe changes to the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program. It includes instructions to cut the number of Littoral Combat Ships to be built, and as well as focusing on building one variant, from one shipyard and general contractor. arter has specifically directed Maybus to cut the number of hulls for the LCS program from 52 to 40, and to select a single LCS design-shipbuilder team, instead of the current plan for two completely separate designs and shipbuilders, according to the letter...
  • Littoral Combat Ships’ Mine-Hunting Drones Can’t Find Mines, Pentagon Finds

    12/12/2015 5:18:54 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 12/12/15 | bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them often fails to work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.
  • Saudi Arabia Is Buying The Littoral Combat Ship The U.S. Navy Desperately Needs

    10/21/2015 8:53:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 21, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    It was announced yesterday that Saudi Arabia wants to purchase four extremely up-gunned Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The deal will be worth $11.25 billion including weapons and support. This will also be the first export sale for the troubled LCS program, and these Saudi ships will be far more capable than any version of the LCS the Navy plans on procuring. This fact may present an incredible opportunity for the Navy to get the version of the Littoral Combat Ship they really need, and possibly at an awesome price. Saudi Arabia’s highly upgraded variants of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat...
  • Saudi Arabia in $11.25bn deal to buy US warships

    10/20/2015 7:15:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    arabianBusiness.com ^ | 20 October 2015
    Saudi Arabia will buy up to four Littoral Combat Ships from the US in a deal that could be worth $11.25bn as the kingdom seeks to modernise its navy, Bloomberg has reported. The agency quoted an unnamed American official as saying that the US State Department has approved the sale under the Foreign Military Sales program, which will allow the Saudis to negotiate contracts for the ships. The Littoral Combat Ship is designed in two versions by defence manufacturers Lockheed Martin and Austal. According to Bloomberg, the US is offering a version of the ship called the ‘Multi-Mission Surface Combatant’,...
  • Navy’s Future Frigate Will Be Optimized For Lethality, Survivability; Will Not Retain LCS’s Speed

    10/15/2015 7:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 15, 2015 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Whereas a high sprint speed was a driving factor in designing the Littoral Combat Ship, the follow-on frigate will instead be optimized for lethality and survivability, the Navy’s frigate program manager said Thursday. As the LCS program transitions to a multimission frigate, the 40-knot sprint speed requirement will go away to allow for more armor, more weapons, an over-the-horizon missile and full-time anti-torpedo protection, Capt. Dan Brintzinghoffer said at an American Society for Naval Engineers event. This change, he said, is a recognition of simple physics. “If we don’t change anything [in the hull design] and add...
  • Saudi, US near deal for two Lockheed warships

    09/03/2015 6:29:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 03, 2015
    WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates based on a coastal warship that Lockheed Martin Corp is building for the US Navy, and could reach agreement by the end of the year, according to sources familiar with the talks. The frigate sale, valued at well over $1bn, will be the cornerstone of a long-delayed multibillion dollar modernisation of the Royal Saudi Navy’s Gulf-patroling eastern fleet of ageing US warships and would include smaller patrol boats. It underscores the strong business and military ties between the two countries, despite tensions over the US-led...
  • Anti-Gun-Rights Activist Gets Navy Boat [U.S.S. Gabrielle Giffords]

    08/21/2015 3:58:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/21/15 | Alan Korwin
    Giffords on Hand as Navy Christens Namesake Vessel. The USS Gabrielle Giffords, christened in June 2015, a 419-foot ship built in Alabama, is the Navy’s 10th littoral combat ship, designed to operate in shallow waters near the coast. “The Democrat left Congress and later founded an organization that supports gun control,” according to the Navy Times. The ship was named after her because of “characteristics she exemplified after the attack,” according to unnamed officials, per the Navy Times.In an affront to every American who cherishes the Second Amendment, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been used to name a new...
  • The weapons we need for a war we don’t want

    07/20/2015 1:56:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters Blogs ^ | July 20, 2015 | P.W. Singer and August Cole
    Terrorism and Middle East insurgencies are not going away. Yet in the 21st century, the United States must understand it faces a return of a serious national-security concern that shaped the last century: the risk of great-power conflict. The Defense Department’s new military strategy acknowledges this by noting the implications of the renewed rivalry with China and Russia. The possibility of a major war with great powers, like World Wars One and Two, is “growing,” according to the U.S. National Military Strategy released this month. Consider, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is back on high alert after Russia’s land grab...
  • Russian Navy to Test a New Trimaran Vessel Concept Similar to LCS by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau

    07/13/2015 6:55:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 July 2015
    Russia's "Zelenodolsk Design Bureau" (ZPKB) developped a trimaran vessel concept that Russian Navy is ready to test as "proof of concept" in a scale model. The concept is based on a civilian vessel designed by ZPKB, the "RUSICH-2.2". Zelenodolsk Design Bureau (ZPKB) Trimaran Vessel Concept (SAR) could be Russia's future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) This military concept is being considered as a possible patrol vessel by the Russian Navy, and for some potential foreign customers. For this reason, in April this year, Russian MoD awarded a contract for proof of concept: The contract and allocated funds are for "Design, construction...
  • 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...
  • LCS VERSUS THE DANISH STRAWMAN

    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
    AL.com ^ | 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
    Fool.com ^ | 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
    AL.com ^ | 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
    naval-technology.com ^ | 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
    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...