Considering that it is a requirement for 21st Century naval warfare to have a high-low mix of vessels, the Burke, and its eventual follow on being the high side, what would you suggest that the low side be in terms of capability, survivability, cost, and a place to build them (other than Alabama and Wisconsin - (both yards optimized for the construction of such vessels)?
There has been a lot of ink spilled over the LCS program, and most of the critical comments directed toward them are valid (and probably correctible over time) but it seems to me that the critics offer no real solutions to the problem, low relative cost and high number required), or they just want to build a Burke (lite) and call it a frigate.
I would welcome seeing your constructive solutions.
: Amazingly unimaginative variants of the
: pathetic LCS by the two current LCS
: What is needed is a radically improved ship,
: designed from scratch. One that is actually
: mission capable, with weapons systems that
: work. Whoever marketed LCS as a ship where
: we could interchange an ASW kill package or
: a mine warfare ship or a worthwhile surface
: combatant in days (or ever) ought to hung
: from a yardarm. The need for a 40+ knot ship
: in ASW or MIW is puzzling.
: Otherwise, yeah, let's replicate the failed
: LCS, make a couple changes, do some new
: PowerPoint slides.....and call them
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