LCS=Lockheed Cannot be Serious!
Couldn’t resist the title but an exclusive report presented here by Reuters is extremely serious since the author Andrea Shalal-Esa lists the documents point of origin. Here is the story titled “Early tests show problems with Lockheed LCS-report“:
Early testing by the U.S. Navy showed that Lockheed Martin Corp’s first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) did not meet Navy stability requirements and revealed problems with its combat system, according to a new annual report by the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.Neither the Lockheed ship, a steel monohull design, nor a competing aluminum-hulled trimaran design built by General Dynamics Corp, was expected to “be survivable in a hostile combat environment,” said the report prepared by the Pentagon’s director of Operational Test and Evaluation…The report could raise concerns among lawmakers who have already imposed a $480-million-per-ship cost cap on the program after repeated cost overruns in the program’s early years.
- Cited concerns about the stability of the first Lockheed ship, USS Freedom LCS-1.
- LCS-1 could be easily swamped when fully loaded.
- Deficiencies with the TRS-3D radar, air tracking radar, which failed in tests.
- The General Dynamics ship, USS Independence LCS-2 suffered leaks in its gas turbine shaft seals during builder’s trials.
- Other deficiencies in the LCS-2’s diesel engines.
- Both failed shock hardening tests–“the ability to keep operating following an underwater explosive attack”.
Sounds like we are faced with another Lemon series of warship, one the scale of the equally expensive LPD-17 class amphibious ships, itself one of the most troubled in recent history. To coin a phrase from Admiral Beatty at Jutland, “there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today“.