Lockheed Martin team's LCS is based on semi-planing hull seaframe

October 7, 2003

Lockheed Martin hones its LCS design

The Lockheed Martin-led team competing to build the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship is continuing the development of its semi-planing seaframe design. Meantime, it is to open a a multi-media Concept and Development Center in Washington, DC, to showcase its LCS project and team attributes.

Lockheed Martin says that a new series of tank tests will prove the efficacy of several significant design improvements. The scaled hull model test program underway at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Bethesda, Md, will validate the improvements in the resistance, stability and sea keeping characteristics of the team's design.

Working closely with naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and core team member Fincantieri, the Lockheed Martin team will optimize the LCS hull design that has already proven its capabilities in high-speed commercial service and in other technology demonstrations.

Key attributes claimed for the design include low cost, low risk, high speed, shallow draft, maneuverability and a capacity to accommodate the full range of focused mission packages to defeat enemy mines, swarming small boats, diesel-electric submarines and other shallow-water threats.

"The hull tests represent a significant milestone that will confirm performance predictions for our semi-planing seaframe," said Carol Hulgus, vice president of programs for Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business. "Not only will the hull form deliver all the necessary speed, sea keeping and other performance characteristics for the LCS mission, but it also provides ample volume and flexibility to incorporate future focused mission packages."

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the team, with naval architect Gibbs & Cox and shipbuilders Bollinger Shipyards and Marinette Marine sharing significant roles as principal team members. Lockheed Martin also has responsibilities as the systems and modularity architect, and leads the overall program management and cost analysis work.

"We are also fortunate to have Fincantieri as one of the international partners on our team. They have significant experience in these types of platforms having engineered and built both the record setting ship Destriero and larger fast ferries that incorporate technologies similar to those we are using for LCS," said Hulgus. "Having our basic hull form already in service, with our LCS design scaled between Destriero and the Jupiter class ferries, provides a proven baseline for our low risk, low cost approach."

Fincantieri is a large, diversified shipbuilding group, headquartered in Trieste, Italy. Its eight shipyards have produced more than 7,000 vessels over its 200-year history. The company is active in cruise, merchant, and naval shipbuilding.

The Lockheed Martin team was awarded a $10 million contract by the U.S. Navy in July for LCS preliminary design.

Lockheed Martin is opening a multi-media Concept and Development Center in Washington, DC, to showcase its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) project and team attributes. The Center will be used to visualize the warship's features, mission capabilities, and later this year, as a hub for LCS demonstrations and evaluations.

"The Concept and Development Center brings our proposed LCS system solution to life," said Hulgus, vice president, programs for Lockheed Martin's Maritime Systems & Sensors business. "While proposals may contain all the necessary information about a program, this multi-media center allows us to further refine the design with our public and private sector partners. Here we can show the customer and others exactly how this ship is being built, how it will operate, and that we're the team to get the job done."

The center can also be used as a mission analysis, war-gaming and concept of operations evaluation center. It is also designed to be a network node during engineering tests, demonstrations and technical evaluations.

"The Concept and Development Center reinforces the team's commitment and real benefits of our design approach," said Hulgus. "By visualizing our concepts and demonstrating our ideas we provide our team with another tool to refine our approach and an extra level of confidence for our customer that we are the right choice for the LCS requirement."

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