Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS)

The Navy has embarked on a dynamic strategy to enhance its combat Fleet with the next class of ships – the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS).  The Navy plans to procure enough LCSs to the point where the ship will comprise a significant percentage of the total ship force.  The program, with its tailored surface warfare, mine countermeasures , and anti-submarine warfare mission packages will be the premier close-to-shore, surface combatant.  The Navy’s innovative and unique acquisition strategy challenged two competitors – Lockheed Martin and General Dynamic – to propose, build, and deliver their concept for the Littoral Combat Ship that would ultimately be in direct competition with each other.

Lockheed Martin has delivered the USS FREEDOM, a mono-planing conventional hull design, while General Dynamics has brought to sea the USS INDEPENDENCE, an all aluminum trimarian design based on a high speed ocean going ferry.



TSC is a fully participating partner with its Navy customer, the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems and both industry teams to assure the effective development, integration, testing and certification of the unique Combat System found on each ship. 



LCS2 These analyses will lay a foundation for the quantitative assessment of future combat system solutions.  Our contributions to combat systems acquisition, integration, and sustainment strategies will help optimize costs while achieving maximum combat capability.

TSC is actively engaged with the Seaframe and Mission Package teams, fortifying the development, integration management, and certification processes for the warfare packages on both ships and their differing combat systems.  Our efforts ensure early identification of integration issues and are integral to solution development.

Corwin Nicholson