Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a relatively inexpensive Navy surface combatant
equipped with modular “plug-and-fight” mission packages. The Navy wants to
field a force of 55 LCSs. Twelve LCSs have been funded through FY2012, and
the FY2013-FY2017 Future Years Defense Plan (FYDP) calls for procuring 16
more, in annual quantities of 4-4-4-2-2.
The Navy’s proposed FY2013 budget requests $1,785.0 million in procurement
funding for the four LCSs requested for FY2013. The Navy’s proposed budget
also requests $102.6 million in procurement funding for LCS mission
There are two very different LCS designs—one developed by an industry team led
by Lockheed, and another developed by an industry team that was led by
General Dynamics. The Lockheed design is built at the Marinette Marine
shipyard at Marinette, WI; the General Dynamics design is built at the
Austal USA shipyard at Mobile, AL.
The 20 LCSs procured or scheduled for procurement in FY2010-FY2015—LCSs 5
through 24— are being acquired under a pair of 10-ship block buy
contracts. Congress granted the Navy the authority for the block buy
contracts in Section 150 of H.R. 3082/P.L. 111-322 of December 22, 2010,
and the Navy awarded the block buy contracts to Lockheed and Austal USA on
December 29, 2010. The contracts are both fixed-price incentive (FPI)
Current issues for Congress concerning the LCS program include the program’s
mission modules, the combat survivability of the LCS, hull cracking and
engine problems on LCS-1, and corrosion on LCS-2.
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