Challenging the LCS Program, Does 50 Knots of Ship’s Speed Matter to a Locked-on Missile? [OP/ED] | gCaptain – Maritime & Offshore

I was around when the LCS concept began to take hold, when the buzz words were “Asymmetric Warfare”.

Looking back on it now, we had no idea what asymmetric warfare meant and how Naval forces would be employed; all we knew was we had and understood current OPLANS, and that they weren’t working in contests that were not mass on mass, I thought then, wow we’ve been here before and don’t remember the lessons from Vietnam.

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Someone isn’t entirely sold on the LCS concept…

Sorry, I’ve been reading and commenting on LCS at a few places today. I suppose I could write about it here, but I’ve written a dozen times before what a crappy program it is.

4 thoughts on “Challenging the LCS Program, Does 50 Knots of Ship’s Speed Matter to a Locked-on Missile? [OP/ED] | gCaptain – Maritime & Offshore”

  1. Let’s do the math.

    Speed:
    LCS: 50 knots.
    Exocet: c. 612 knots.
    Harpoon: c. 466 knots.
    Various Silkworms: c. Mach 0.8 – 0.9.
    We could, like outrun the missile. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    Most likely outcome: plows right into a mine they didn’t detect because they were going so fast…

    P.S. Not even gonna bring up the Stark, or the Laffey.

  2. Funny, I thought the best anti-missile tactics were for the ship to go dead in the water so as to prevent anti-missile radar “glint” which results from an incoming missile maneuvering to keep up with a maneuvering ship, therefore making it harder for the tgt ships defenses to lock-on to the incoming missile–a stable missile in straight flight being a better tgt. Thus use of ship speed & maneuverability making it harder to shoot down the in-coming threat, n’cest-ce-pas?

  3. The LCS is a fluster-cluck of garguantun proportions. There is not one / NOT ONE aspect of the program that is good.

    Well, what do you expect from a Navy that has seriously lost its way?

    More Admirals than ships.

    YGBSM.

    Voldemort Delenda Est !
    Sandy

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