Littoral Combat Ship Program

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From The Navy Times:

Analysis: Navy mum on multiple LCS system issue
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One of the drawbacks of the Navy’s push to continue to build both littoral combat ship types is that each features a unique combat system – the combination of sensors, weapons and software that is at the heart of any modern warship.

To speed development, each design team was allowed to develop its own system.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/12/navy-analysis-lcs-combat-system-development-121910w/
 
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From The Navy Times:

Continuing resolution names only LCS effort
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A new continuing resolution proposed by Senate Democrats to keep the government running through early next year includes language allowing the Navy to award contracts to both Littoral Combat Ship competitors. It is the only arms-program-specific language in the legislation.

“Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of the Navy may award a contract or contracts for up to 20 Littoral Combat Ships,”￾ the resolution reads.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/12/military122010_continuing_resolution_web/
 
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From The Navy Times:

Navy allowed dual LCS buy
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With the House’s passage of a federal funding bill Dec. 21, the U.S. Navy received the necessary congressional permission to buy both versions of the Littoral Combat Ship.

The Senate passed the continuing resolution, 79-16, earlier in the day.

The measure keeps the government running through March 4 at 2010 funding levels.
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/12/navy-LCS-Senate-vote-web-122110/
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Littoral Combat Ship Contract Award Announced
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. and Austal USA each a fixed-price incentive contract for the design and construction of a 10 ship block-buy, for a total of 20 littoral combat ships from fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2015.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=57917
 
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From Wired:

Navy’s New Warship: Bargain, Death Trap or Both?
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After years of botched contracts and cost overruns, the Navy has finally signed contracts to buy a bunch of its speedy, near-shore Littoral Combat Ships – at a per-copy price nearly a third cheaper than expected. But hold the champagne. The cost-cutting that made the LCS so affordable might also doom the ships to watery graves in future conflicts.
More at http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/01/navys-new-warship-bargain-death-trap-or-both/

Comment: Is he right or is he wrong? The acid test of combat...where you don't want to come out as second best...will tell!
 
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From The Navy Times:

Navy considering big changes for LCS
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The Navy is considering big changes to the mission modules for its littoral combat ships, including fielding the Griffin missile and axing a helicopter mounted anti-mine cannon, the Navy’s director of surface warfare announced Jan. 11.

The rapid airborne mine clearance system, a Northrop Grumman system being tested as part of the mine counter-measure module of LCS, “has slid to the right, and it is not not testing well...
More at http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/01/navy-lcs-changes-012410w/
 
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From The U.S. Naval Institute:

The Wrong Ship at the Wrong Time
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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.
More at http://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2011-01/wrong-ship-wrong-time

Comment: Definately a contrary view!
 
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From Global Security.org:

EADS North America’s TRS-3D Radar selected again for U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship
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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 will deliver the first radar unit to Lockheed Martin for installation in 2012.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2011/02/mil-110201-eads01.htm
 
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From Global Security.org:

Northrop Grumman Announces Team to Outfit Littoral Combat Ship Mission Package Containers, Site to Install Modules
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BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will support assembly of the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif. It also has rounded out its team of subcontractors to support the production effort.
More at http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2011/02/mil-110214-northrop-grumman01.htm
 
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From The Navy Newsstand:

Fiscal Year 2011 Littoral Combat Ship Contract Awards Announced
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Contract modifications were issued to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA March 17, under their respective littoral combat ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of one fiscal year 2011 Littoral Combat Ship each.
More at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59150