LCS-2 Independence Class
|Littoral Combat Ship|
LCS-2 Independence (GD)
|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).
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.
The General Dynamics Littoral Combat Ship's innovative trimaran hull form will give the Navy a ship that can reach open ocean speeds nearing 50 knots and possesses outstanding seakeeping capabilities. LCS 2, has a flight deck larger than any other surface combatant that will support near-simultaneous operation of two MH-60R/S helicopters or multiple unmanned vehicles. LCS 2 will also provide one of the largest useable payload volumes of any U.S. Navy surface combatant and deliver greater payload per displacement ton than any ship of comparable displacement.
The General Dynamics Team has designed a technical infrastructure that is not bound by proprietary systems. The result is a flexible information technology backbone that uses strict industry standards, commercially available products and published interfaces to ensure the Navy will not be locked into a proprietary system that will limit access to alternatives. The open architecture design eliminates dependencies on any specific hardware and software products thereby making it possible for the Navy to take advantage of rapidly changing advancements in the market place.
Bath Iron Works is leading a best-of-breed team that includes Austal USA (Mobile, Ala.), responsible for building the team's aluminum and steel trimaran warship. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, of Arlington, Va., is leading the ship's open-architecture-based Core Mission System design and integration from its Pittsfield, Mass., facility.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems (Baltimore, Md.) will provide the Integrated Combat Management System, BAE Electronic Systems (Rockville, Md.) will provide the radio communications system and L3 Communications (Leesburg, Va.) the automated ship control system. Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, (Baltimore, Md.), General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (Burlington, Vt.), Electric Boat (Groton, Conn.) and General Dynamics Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) are also team members.