Defense Acquisitions: Navy's Ability to Overcome Challenges Facing the Littoral Combat Ship Will Determine Eventual Capabilities
DIANE Publishing, May 1, 2011 - 55 pages
The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is envisioned as a reconfigurable vessel able to meet three missions: surface warfare, mine countermeasures, and anti-submarine warfare. It consists of the ship (seaframe) and the mission package it carries and deploys. The Navy plans to invest over $25 billion through FY 2035 to acquire LCS. This report: (1) identified technical, design, and construction challenges to completing the first four ships within current cost and schedule estimates; (2) assessed the Navy's progress developing and fielding mission packages; and (3) evaluated the quality of recent Navy cost analyses for seaframes and their effect on program progress. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand publication.
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