This is because the US has let its OTH abilities go, until recently. Now, we scramble to get such a missile. We are examining three...Raytheon has gotten a license for the NSM. Boeing is offering an upgrade of the Harpoon.
And the "home grown" contender is the Lockheed Long Range Anti Ship Missile (LRASM.) It is expected to be ready within a year. HOWEVER...Carrier Builder has posted above in this thread the following news:
This is clearly a move to get more money. How it gets resolved, we wait and see. Note that they've withdrawn it from both LCS and frigate programs. So, this is not a fault of LCS.
Prior to the above nonsense, the Navy had released articles that LCS would have an OTH missile, as well as any LCS derived frigate design. So, I then can only presume studies were done, and an LCS can be fitted with them.
Delighted the German ships have more RAM. We are using LCS, with its one. It will have to do. (Of couse we will have at least 28 LCS where the Germans have 5, with only 2 available at any one time.)
: An interesting article!
: What kind of new western offensive missiles
: are available? Or could be available soon?
: NSM, the newest version of the RBS-15 Mk 3
: (new version with more range in development)
: and ??? NSM and RBS-15 do not have a very
: impressive range. Most missiles appear to be
: old ones, often obsolete, also in other NATO
: The LCS would lack both: offensive, long
: range missiles and a good missile defence.
: Even the smaller, massively criticised
: German corvettes of the Braunschweig class
: have better long range offensive missiles
: (RBS-15) and a better missile defence (two
: RAM ).