Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)


Brumby

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U.S. Navy successful test firing of the ship’s Surface-to-Surface Missile Module SSMM

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The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program will begin developmental testing on an Independence-variant LCS in August, following a successful structural test firing of the ship’s Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) on the Point Mugu Sea Range on June 11.

The test firing was the first ever aboard the Independence variant and the first in a series of test events that will assess the SSMM capability on the variant. SSMM testing on the Freedom variant was successfully completed earlier this year.

The SSMM is one of four modules comprising the LCS Surface Warfare Mission Package. Using Army Longbow Hellfire missiles in a vertical launch capability to counter small boat threats, SSMM increases both the range and the number of targets LCS can engage.

“SSMM is tested and well proven on the LCS Freedom variant. This structural test firing marks the first critical step in demonstrating the SSMM capability on the LCS Independence variant,” said Capt. Godfrey Weekes, LCS Mission Modules program manager.

Structural test firing is a total-ship test involving live weapons fire and is required for each ship class or variant. The exercise also prepares the ship and trains the crews for more complex surface warfare tracking and live-fire exercises scheduled to begin later this summer, which will culminate in initial operational test and evaluation at the end of 2019.

The Surface Warfare Mission Package also includes the Gun Mission Module, containing 30mm guns; the Maritime Security Module, with 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boats; and the Aviation Mission Module, including an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and a Vertical Take-off Unmanned Air Vehicle.
More than 10 years after the first boat was commissioned, they have just successfully tested the launch of a Hellfire missile. The whole development is moving so slowly that I wonder whether the life of the hull can last the distance.
 

dtulsa

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U.S. Navy successful test firing of the ship’s Surface-to-Surface Missile Module SSMM

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More than 10 years after the first boat was commissioned, they have just successfully tested the launch of a Hellfire missile. The whole development is moving so slowly that I wonder whether the life of the hull can last the distance.
At this rate all will be gone by the time everything is installed and actually working and one more simple question where are they when needed in the Persion Gulf
 

Brumby

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At this rate all will be gone by the time everything is installed and actually working and one more simple question where are they when needed in the Persion Gulf
Good question. In fact the whole design of the LCS was meant to operate in the littorals like in the Persian Gulf. I think the confidence in the crewing structure and that the vessel is capable in performing to expectations is low and hence the reluctance to task them for missions.
 

dtulsa

Junior Member
Good question. In fact the whole design of the LCS was meant to operate in the littorals like in the Persian Gulf. I think the confidence in the crewing structure and that the vessel is capable in performing to expectations is low and hence the reluctance to task them for missions.
Another answer could be they simply are outgunned ny even the Irainians which from what we were told is exactly what they were made for
 

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