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LCS In Pacific: Run Silent, Run Shallow

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


What good is a little ship in a big war on a big ocean? It can hide behind islands and in shallow waters, sniping at the enemy fleet — much like the PT boats of World War II or skirmishers in a Napoleonic army. That’s the US Navy’s newest argument for its much-criticized Littoral Combat… Keep reading →

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Kongsberg, Raytheon Plan Missile Production In Arizona

Posted by Colin Clark on


FARNBOROUGH: In a clear effort to defang critics who might slam their product as — gasp — foreign, Raytheon and the Norwegian defense firm Kongsberg told reporters here they will build a production line in Tuscon, Ariz. to build advanced missiles for the U.S. Navy. The first missile to get built should be the Naval… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Tester Tells Navy LCS Test Was Plenty Fair

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with full DOT&E memo WASHINGTON: On Friday, a Navy official told us a critical test report on the embattled Littoral Combat Ship was “unfair.” This afternoon, we found out the Pentagon’s independent test office has already circulated a coldly scathing response. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered the Navy to cut the LCS in favor of… Keep reading →

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LCS Test Vs. Fast Attack Boats ‘Unfair’: Missile Missing, Navy Says

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: “Unfair!” That, in a word, is the Navy’s response to a Director of Operational Test & Evaluation report saying the controversial Littoral Combat Ship had trouble defending itself against Iranian-style swarms of fast attack boats. Yes, a Navy official told me, in the test some “enemy” boats got dangerously close to the USS Coronado… Keep reading →

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