LCS-1 Freedom Class
|Littoral Combat Ship|
|Displacement, full load:|
|The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS-(X)) will be a fast, modular,
multi-purpose corvette, optimised for littoral warfare. Prime missions are Anti-surface
warfare (ASuW) against hostile small boats, Mine Counter Measures (MCM) and Littoral
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).
Several teams have submitted proposals:
In July 2003, development contracts were awarded to Lockheed Martin's semi-planning monohull, Raytheon's Skjold-based SES, and General Dynamics' trimaran. In May 2004, Bath and Lockheed were awarded contracts for final system design with options for detail design and construction of each two Flight 0 Littoral Combat Ships.