Well the news is out. The US Army is dumping NLOS. Read the whole thing here. This stands out from the DoD Buzz article.
“This thing just costs too much,” said a source familiar with the decision. “It really has come down to affordability.” The technical side of the recommendation to kill the program came from two studies that considered the Army’s precision fire needs and capabilities. “If you look at if from precision fires only we’ve got some helo rockets, Excalibur artillery, MLRS and precision mortars. But, can you get those into an environment that’s mountainous and difficult to get to and self deploy them and resupply them, then the answer is no. So if you look at it from the operational capability standpoint the waters get a little more muddied,” said the source.As currently configured the LCS will be reduced to a small helicopter detachment, a 57mm cannon and possibly a couple of 30mm cannons.
That might make a good patrol boat but its not worth the cost or the expense to put such a weak weapons load on such an expensive ship.
Do you know what's the most frustrating thing about this project? Everyone is looking at this ship as a small boat fighter. Its suppose to be much more than that. Its also suppose to provide precision fires against land targets.
This is from Wikipedia. Its concerning the current thinking of the Commandant and the NLOS missile (before it was canceled by the Army).
"James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps has said that missiles fired from the Littoral combat ship This would not be the current NLOS-LS program as the range of the PAM missile at 22 miles falls short of the threshold requirement for NSFS of 41 miles and the number of CLUs the current LCS designs can carry in a ready to fire configuration is also short of the required volume of fire. The Loitering Attack Missile could match the required range, but its current status is unknown and the LCS would still fall short in terms of rounds ready to fire. could fulfill the USMC needs for NSFS".Excuse my language, but if the LCS doesn't have NLOS then what fucking good is it?
New Wars has an interesting conversation on alternative systems. D.E. Riddick likes the Spike NLOS and I have to agree. Either way a decision needs to be made quickly.
Joe showed me a more viable solution...if we select LCS-2. Austal/GD has a MMC version that has VLS.
Page 4 in the brochure.