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Re: LCS Gabrielle Giffords kit
Almost more importantly for me, the new bridge wings are sbowing up on the box artwork and other images, along with the NSM launchers, and Mk 46 30 mm guns. (The VLS system is also still there on the box artwork, and on the actual ship. It is not a MK 41 VLS. It is for Hellfire missiles.)
Many thanks for posting this. I want one! I will be ordering one.
The boxes,are for the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) : https://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/naval-strike-missile-over-the-horizon-solution https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=111075
The old ABL system was much bigger, and for Tomahawk missiles, which have greater range, but are heavier, and require a larger launcher.
Cyberhobby /Dragon is coming out with a new 1/700 scale Independence class LCS kit of the USS Gabrielle Giffords LCS-10 that shows a modification to the design .
Instead of a deck mounted vertical launch system
in front of the bridge it has 2 boxes mounted on stands. Called Sea Strategic missiles system.
So is this an updated version of the old Armored
Box Launcher system of the 1980's for cruise missiles?
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