Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Arming The AFRICOM Queen

The Navy has finalized the mine-sweeping package for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), which are designed to have systems housed in shipping containers inserted into the hull to allow them to carry out different missions.

The package can also be used on land to protect port access because it is based on helicopters (and aerial drones?) and unmanned vehicles.

The Navy is also looking at what other platforms could support the package as of now designed for the LCS:

[MG Christopher] Owens said the Navy would have to study other classes of ships to determine if they could support the mine countermeasures package, which includes aviation assets and unmanned surface and underwater vehicles.

Might I suggest a modularized auxiliary cruiser as an appropriate type of ship that could be used as a platform.