The U.S. is planning to limit the Littoral Combat ship (LCS) procurement to 24, far short of Navy’s initial goal of 52 ships, according to Defense News.
The U.S. Navy is countering with proposals for higher numbers, but strongly advocates going no lower than 32 ships — a number that would continue production another one or two years.
If the number stops at 24, the LCS procurement would end with FY 2015 budget, with final decision yet to be made.
The annual budget process has been heavily disrupted due to sequester cuts, and the Pentagon’s insistence on producing two versions of the budget — a non-sequestration version, called the program objective memorandum (POM) — and an alternative POM (ALT POM), incorporating the mandated cuts and hence, far more severe reductions in purchases and programs.
Pentagon budget officials have focused primarily on the ALT POM, and in late August began switching to the POM. The OSD proposal to limit LCS to 24 ships is understood to be part of the ALT POM discussions.
One defense official was quoted by Defense News mandating the $52 billion cut is coming at the end of fiscal 2013, September 30.
In addition to supporting a reduction to 24 ships, OSD also reportedly is insisting the U.S. Navy place a top priority on fielding the mine countermeasures (MCM) module, one of three major mission packages under development for the LCS.
The U.S. Navy already has prioritized the MCM module in order to fulfill its most pressing operational need for the ships — three developmental packages have been delivered — but the effort has seen significant issues that have pushed back its operational readiness.
The Navy issued contract modifications to Lockheed Martin Corporation and Austal USA under their respective Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) block buy contracts to add funding for construction of two fiscal year 2012 littoral combat ships each, March 16. This is the third funding increment for each contractor under their previously awarded, fixed-price incentive "block buy" contracts for the design and construction of up to 10 LCS Flight 0+ ships
CSC announced today that the U.S
Lockheed Martin Corp. Maritime Systems & Sensors, Baltimore, Md
SAN DIEGO --- The U.S
MOBILE, Ala. --- The first Littoral Combat Ship built by the General Dynamics Team, Independence, was christened today at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile Bay
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently awarded General Dynamics Robotic Systems a contract to develop the Common Launch and Recovery System (CLRS) for use on the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). General Dynamics Robotic Systems is a part of General Dynamics Land Systems (Sterling Heights, Michigan), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics
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