LCS Alternative: Cyclone class Patrol Vessel
Not my idea this time, but from the Death and Taxes blog, an updated version of a proven shallow water patrol ship:
What the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard need is an enlarged and upgunned version of the PC-1 Cyclone class of vessels. The Cyclone class was built using proven technology and was relatively inexpensive to acquire. They have provided solid service to both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard…A slight expansion in the design would allow them to be armed with a 30mm or 35mm version of the Bushmaster (Bushmaster II and Bushmaster III) along with a much more capable anti-aircraft weapon like the Rolling Airframe Missile launcher.
Here is my favorite quote:
The design and the weapons are “off the shelf” technology, so there would be no need for costly and doubtful experimentation that would delay delivery and drive costs through the roof.
Like the failed LCS class. Off the shelf is a mantra we continually preach at New Wars. No need for a revolutionary breakthrough in technology, just give us sound hulls and lots of them, with a mind at how the pirates and terrorists using standard technology are running rings around us most everywhere.