posted on Aug, 12 2019 @ 03:41 PM
Sheeeeesh as if the USAF's procurement process was a big enough disaster, the USN is vying for the top spot:
It looks like the Large Surface Combatant (one hull, many platforms) is getting more and more delayed. The LSC is meant to replace The Ticonderoga
class ships which are based on a seriously old hull design and have really reached the end of their lifecycle. the the USN is now looking at a 4th
version of the DDG-51 class aka the Arleigh Burke.
Details on what this would include compared to the FLight III is pretty vague at this time and short of say propulsion changes, The navy has already
admitted that they have reached the "naval architectural limits of the ... hullform."
We would have:
Flight IIA (of which there is no less than 5 sub classes)
Flight IV ????
For those keeping score the major USN projects :
LCS: an unmitigated disaster. Those vessels should be turned over to the Coast Guard
Ford Class: Lots of problems from EMALS/weapons elevators etc etc. Can't launch F-35C's
Zumwalt: No revolutionary main battery and they keep bolting on crap that makes it less and less stealthy
America Class: This program seems to be okay with ships being produced and the USMC's lighting carrier concept is a winner IMHO
Virginia Class SSN's: Also seems to be okay
LCS: Increasing delays
Columbia Class SSN: Haven't started yet and costs for the lead ship are 6.2 billion (they hope to get it down to 4.9 with future ships)
FFG(X) ongoing but no type selected. projected to be almost 1 billion each
edit on 8/12/19 by FredT because: (no reason given)