LCS 2 Flight II  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 5 October 2019
Total Production: 10
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Austal, BAE Systems, Bath Iron Works*, L-3 Communications, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and Northrop Grumman   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: LCS Independence
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 16 January 2010
Total Production: 19
Production Cost: USD$11 billion
Total Cost: USD$11 billion
Family Members: LCS Independence and SSC 2
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Description: The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a revolutionary US Navy program aimed at developing a multi-purpose, modular surface combatant capable of achieving dominance in the littoral environment. In May 2004, the US Navy selected two separate teams lead by Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works for the construction and demonstration of two Flight 0 LCS ships. It is expected that the US Navy will take a decision on the Flight 1 LCS in the 2007-2008 timeframe. The US Navy plans call for the procurement of 30 to 60 vessels through 2020. The current budgetary information about LCS program calls for the procurement of 55 ships. As of early 2008, the US Navy had allocated $1.93 billion to this project for the construction of two Flight 0 LCS demonstration ships to achieve initial operational capability in 2008.

The US Navy will use the final LCS ship to counter asymmetric threats such as quiet coastal diesel submarines, fast patrol boats and crafts, new generation mines and terror attacks like the suffered by destroyer USS Cole in Yemen. Shallow water hull design compatibility is a must for such a mission profiles. Helicopters and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) will be able to operate form ship's aft flight deck. Besides, a variety of manned and unmanned ground vehicles and watercrafts carried inside the cargo deck are meant to execute a wide range of missions.

The key characteristics established by the US Navy for the LCS program are: stealth technology for enhanced survivability, shallow draft, more payload per ton than any US Navy warship, huge interior volume, long endurance and global networked communications to cooperate and share information with other sea, land and airborne platforms. Thanks to the mission modules approach, the reconfigurable LCS will be able to perform special operations forces support, high-speed transit, maritime interdiction, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), and counter-terrorism missions. In addition, LCS will also be a FORCEnet enabler, sharing tactical information with other naval ships, submarines, aircraft, joint units and LCS groups.

The LCS 2 Flight II is an upgraded variant of the Littoral Combat Ship program leveraging some improvements, technologies and weapon systems from the Small Surface Combatant (SSC) frigate. The US Defense Secretary Hagel took the decision to launch the SSC and the improved LCS program in December 2014. The US Navy plans call for the integration of the LCS 2 Flight II improvements in some LCS ships already under contract.

LCS 2 Flight II News

There are 4 news between
11 Dec 2014 and 15 Jan 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020US Navy Takes Delivery of 10h AN/AQS-20C Sonar System
Friday, June 1, 2018US Navy Selects NSM Missile for LCS and FFG(X) Surface Combatants
Tuesday, August 23, 2016COMBATSS-21 Open Architecture Combat Management System Selected for US Navy Frigates
Thursday, December 11, 2014US Navy's LCS to Evolve into More Lethal and Survivable Small Surface Combatant

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America10
Jun 20202
Oct 20191

Grand Total 101
Offensive Weapons
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
MQ-8C Fire Scoutx2

LCS 2 Flight II Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
LCS 20 USS Cincinnati5 May 20185 Oct 2019-
LCS 22 USS Kansas City22 Sep 201820 Jun 2020-
LCS 24 USS Oakland29 Jun 20192021-
LCS 26 USS Mobile7 Dec 20192022-
LCS 28 USS Savannah-2022-
LCS 30 USS Canberra-2023-
LCS 32 -2023-
LCS 34 -2024-
LCS 36 -2025-
LCS 38 -2026-

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