- The US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships have been repeatedly criticized for its lack of firepower and numerous mechanical failures.
- Mission modules that could be applied to each individual LCS for specific roles have been delayed.
- The modules will be have operational capability or be in the operational testing phase in the next three years.
Plans to make the Navy’s next frigate a larger version of the LCS are in doubt, and the Government Accountability Office has said that LCS are “not expected to be survivable in a hostile combat environment.”
Sebastien Roblin described the LCS’ flaws in the National Interest, writing that the ships “don’t have the firepower to hit anything more than a few miles away” and they’re “unlikely to survive being hit by anything in return.”
“They cost more than twice as much as promised, and require 75 percent more crew to operate than planned for,” Roblin writes. “The modular-mission capabilities that were a key selling point had to be abandoned. And they’re breaking down constantly.”
The Navy has defended the LCS in the past, and it looks like they may finally catch a break. Navy leaders annouced Thursday that long-delayed mission modules for the vessels will be in operational testing phases in the next three years.
LCS were meant to operate in the littoral zone of enemy territory. They were designed to excel in three potential combat scenarios — fending off small fast attack craft/suicide boats like the ones used by Iran and Houthi rebels in Yemen, anti-submarine warfare, and mine clearing.
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