Austal Official Defends LCS

Austal Official Defends LCS

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At a recent ceremony for the christening of a different Austal class of ship company president Craig Percivalle said he was very confident in their design of the littoral combat ship.

 

"We feel the LCS is a very capable ship and we feel it is more the fulfilling the requirements the navy has set forth for us," says Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle.  A recently published article by Bloomberg News quotes Navy sources who read a memo by Vice Admiral Tom Copeman.  The memo suggested the Navy look to a ship with more firepower after the first 24 are built.  The Navy is on track to order more than 50.  Looking at the ship there are only two weapons immediately visible--a large gun on its forward section and a phalanx weapon system in the middle.

 

The LCS is supposed to be the next generation of navy ships--it's built with a wide helicopter deck and large bay doors.  It's light on hardware because it's designed to accept different equipment modules based on mission needs.  It's fairly empty without them.  Some in the US Navy have derided the LCS calling it a crappy little ship and worry it could be outgunned by another navy like China.  Vice Admiral William Burke is the deputy chief of naval operations warfare systems.  He says the US Navy still has confidence in the program because its modules make it versatile.

 

"It comes down to packages, what packages are used will define how well gunned the ship is so I'm not concerned about that," says Vice Admiral William Burke. 

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