General Atomics Unveils Multi Mission Medium Range Railgun for LCS

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  1. AMDR

    AMDR Captain Staff Member Administrator

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    I can't even believe this. LCS went from under-armed patrol boat to one of the best light combat vessels in the world in under a year with all these unveiled upgrade programs they wanna pursue.....

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    Light Railgun (w/ anti-ballistic missile, anti-cruise missile capability)
    OTH SSM (NSM, HARPOON, LRASM)
    Variable Depth Sonar
    Improved Torpedo decoy
    AESA radar
    Upgrade towed sonar array (MFTA) to 24/7 deployment
    Improved mssile decoys
    SeaRAM Block 2

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    At the Surface Navy Association's (SNA) National Symposium currently held near Washington DC, General Atomics Electromagnetics unveils for the first time its "Multi-mission Medium Range Railgun Weapon System". Brochures and a poster at SNA 2016 showed the weapon system fitted on board a Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).

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    Poster on General Atomics stand at SNA 2016 showing a Freedom variant LCS fitted with the Multi-mission Medium Range Railgun Weapon System
     
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    T-123456 Captain Staff Member International Mod

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    You mean for US terms?
    For most navies,it would be called a multi mission frigate and surely not under-armed.
     
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    LCS in its current state is really lacking in weaponry. When the LCS was deployed to Singapore last year, it was under armed in my opinion. It lacked a surface-to-surface missile system, good jamming equipment, an AESA radar and the proper anti-submarine sensors for the area it was deployed in like a variable depth sonar. The remote mine hunting system is also not available and there are some technical problems we have to overcome before we can start to use that. The only real weapon systems that it had on board during its time in Asia were the RAM, 57mm, and the bushmasters. The aviation capacity is also nice too.

    But comparing it to some of the European frigate classes, the LCS is outgunned unless its gets some serious upgrades. Luckily those are on the way, and once we get them on our LCSs, we will be better equipped to deal with some of the more heavily armed navies like Russia or China.

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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Freedom Class LCS:

    Armament:
    The AGM-114L isn't yet part of the LCS, it's also still in development for use on the LCS.

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    Freedom, which will likely be the basis for future USN FFGs, is currently lacking an OTH missile, a VLS system and an effective ASW weapon like depth charges or torpedoes. Compared to US and European standards, it's under-gunned.

    However, like AMDR, I too am feeling better about the LCS program. Slowly and slowly, these ships are being outfitted nicely... their FFG version will be even better.
     
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    Currently LCS is not as effective as some other ships on the sea but it looks like to me that it is a test platform even though it has been in use for a little bit. They are testing technologies on it like this rail gun and new radar. Maybe we see laser on it one day. We are not in world war 2 times where ships have to be big to be strong. In modern world it is about having smaller high impact ships that can serve multiple roles.

    I follow American military developments because we will probably have similar things in future. :_-0-_:
     
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