Navy Can’t Calculate Littoral Combat Ship’s Operating Costs, Says GAO Draft

They know that they don’t know:

The Navy is 90 percent sure its current estimated cost to operate and maintain the controversial Littoral Combat Ship is off target, according to a draft Government Accountability Office report obtained by BreakingDefense.

It’s almost like the whole programs is tango uniform.

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  1. The short description of the LACS is as follows.

    It’s a replacement for ALL US Navy Minesweepers that…
    – Failed it’s blast-worthiness test.
    – Has a metallic hull (sets-off magnetic-influenced mines), unlike it’s wooden predecessors.
    – Has a 3000-ton+ displacement, unlike it’s >1000-ton predecessors.
    – Has no minesweeping equipment, nor provisions for any.
    – Has no sonar.
    – Has a helipad to “piggy-back” a helicopter, but no hangar to carry one for the long-haul.
    – Is intended to barrel through the water at 50kts (subtlety!).

    It’s a sub-hunter that…
    – Has no sonar.
    – Has no ASuW weapons.
    – Has a helipad to “piggy-back” a helicopter, but no hangar to carry one for the long-haul.
    – Undoubtedly makes a f***-ton of noise thanks to it’s speed requirement.

    It’s a shore-bombardment vessel that…
    – Has no naval land-attack missile system.
    – Has a teeny-tiny 57mm gun meant to repel aircraft and police light watercraft.
    – Has an even tinier gun than what it replaces.
    – Has no armor to survive rounds from the tanks and artillery that will hit it.
    – Is meant to speed through the water, mad as the dickens (BAD idea in obstacle-ridden coastal waters).
    – Has no CIWS system.

    It’s a Frigate replacement that…
    – Has no sonar.
    – Has no ASuW weapons.
    – Has a helipad to “piggy-back” a helicopter, but no hangar to carry one for the long-haul.
    – Is armed more like an OPV than a Corvette — lat alone a Frigate.
    – Has an even tinier gun than what it replaces.
    – Has dismal endurance, unlike what it replaces.
    – Is meant to go twice as fast as a typical Frigate, because… *smiley-face*!
    – Has no anti-ship missiles.
    – Has no CIWS system.
    – Has no acoustic ECMs.

    It’s a networked vessel that…
    – Is to operate in environments teeming with electronics noise and interference — both natural and man-made.
    – Will invariably face extremely heavy jamming, precluding the use of any Network-Centric Warfare at all.
    – Operates in extremely cramped, complex, and often uncharted waters, where the LAST thing a skipper needs is being “commanded” every couple of seconds.

    Finally, for those of you who still think that the 50-knot speed requirement is anything other than insane, here are some photographs of “Littoral” waters — the environment the LCS’ very name purports it to be meant for use in;
    http://nitrogenfree.com/images/numerology_images/sky_bay.jpg

    http://squirrelbizzo.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/palau-aerial_2774_600x450.jpg

    http://www.bugbog.com/images/galleries/Maldives-Pictures/Maldives-islands-chain.jpg

    http://beachimages.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/bora-bora-island-5.jpg

    http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/mergui-archipelago-myanmar-landsat-satellite-image.jpg?w=800

    http://marczawel.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/dsc_09011.jpg?w=660

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/89/Isla_Canales_de_Afuera_Shallows_%282063365818%29.jpg

    http://cdn.theatlanticwire.com/img/upload/2013/01/24/AP520155235056/large.jpg

  2. Hell I’m a retired GRUNT and even I can see it’s a ridiculous piece of crap. The main intent of this boondogle it to provide hefty retirement funds for certain retired flag officers, select senior GS employees and of course the retarded contractors building this hanger/dock queen. Hopefully it will never end up in range of a rusty old Soviet 100mm AT gun along the African coast.

    This even surpasses the F35 kabooki dance for wasting money for no return (some of you may disagree about the F35 but seriously, look up the original design/performance perimeters and compare them to how long it took and how much it cost and what was actually delivered).

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