General Atomics Unveils Multi Mission Medium Range Railgun for LCS

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  1. AMDR

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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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    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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    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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    Indeed! Turkey and Poland are some of the best examples in NATO of countries rapidly making military advances in all domains.

    From: http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...aser-weapon-indigenous-tubitak-test/23291513/

    ANKARA — Procurement officials have confirmed press reports that Turkish engineers recently successfully tested the first prototype of a laser weapon similar to a US-developed system.

    The country eventually aims to develop and manufacture an indigenous high-power laser weapon system that will detect, track and neutralize land, sea and aerial targets, the official said.

    "The system will be primarily used against enemy drones, cruise missiles and mortar ammunition," one official familiar with the program said.

    In 2013, the Turkish government announced that it planned to develop a precision laser close-in weapon system initially to be installed on the planned next-generation frigates, the TF-2000. The government tasked the state scientific research institute's (TUBITAK) defense and security technologies research and support group, SAVTAG, with the program.

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    Hopefully we soon see many of these projects enter into the inventory but over the past decade concentration has been on asymmetric and COIN warfare related equipment. Before soldiers fighting PKK were under equipped and many lacked proper training (training was for confrontation with soviets) but now things have changed. you can see in these pictures http://www.americanmilitaryforum.com/forums/threads/turkeys-war-on-terror.277/#post-1279
     
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    That's kind of what happened to us too. After 9/11 we put a lot of emphasis on COIN and neglected our conventional capabilities in the land warfare department. Russia's more active stance in Europe spooked our policy makers and now they are pushing the gas pedal for new armored vehicles, upgraded nuclear forces, and stationing more equipment in Eastern Europe.
     
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    In their current state, the LCS are essentially heavy corvettes, though their up-gunned variant will be classified as an FFG, so let's also compare their current firepower to an actual corvette, rather than European FFGs:

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    Wow, that's a lot of firepower for a ship that size... but the LCS in its current state is more akin to the Visby Class, minus some weapons like RBS-15 and torpedoes:

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    Unlike Visby, the LCS is still undergoing upgrades. Right now? Yup, the LCS is under-gunned. But with a future railgun, OTH missiles being added this year, the mine-countermeasures package making progress, radars, decoys and ECW being added, the LCS is looking like a true successor to the OHP class.
     
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