part of Top Stories 2016: U.S. Navy AcquisitionPerhaps the program most changed over the course of the year was the LCS program. In February,
Also in March,
Other changes will need to be made in the LCS training and ship design as a result of
As part of its plan to beef up the LCS’s warfighting capability, the
USS Jackson (LCS-6) and USS Milwaukee (LCS-5)
In a nod to the future, the Program Executive Office for LCS told USNI News it
The backbone of Saudi Arabia’s fleet new eastern fleet will be a guided-missile frigate based on Lockheed Martin’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship design.
In May, additional details of the ship emerged showing the ship would be a departure from the initial LCS configuration.
“The frigate will be built around a 16 Mk 41 vertical launch cells capable of fielding the Raytheon Enhanced SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) or Raytheon [Standard Missile]-2 and an Airbus TRS-4D active electronically scanned array (AESA) air search radar suite,”
The configuration offered to the Saudis was similar to the model seen by USNI News, industry officials told USNI News.
The four frigates will be the center of the $20-billion fleet refresh.
There is an entire set of procedures to test these military ships and equipment. First by the builde before being turned over to the military. Then by the military before being accepted and commissioned. This involves months and months on existing designs, and up to 2-3 years on new designs.There in lies the overall problem every one seems to overlook about all defense programs not only LCS but the whole defense establishment after all of the contractors, managers, employees are are paid their inflated salaries and fees for this that and the other thing there isnt enough left over to see if the things being built actually WORK that is the crux that may never be solved and its the people that actually have to fight the things that end up paying the price lots of times