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Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)

Delivering Mission Adaptability, Flexibility And Speed To The U.S. Navy

The core mission system of the U.S. Navy's next generation Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is built on General Dynamics Mission Systems open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI). OPEN CI allows for interoperability across the fleet and seamless integration of any current or future open architecture system applications. It is a flexible information technology backbone that uses strict industry standards, commercially available products, and published interfaces. Our open architecture design makes it possible for the Navy to take advantage of rapidly changing advancements in the marketplace, deploy technology upgrades, and adapt to new and more complex missions-faster and at lower costs.

USS Independence Littoral Combat Ship (LCS 2)

Stability At High Speeds & Speed States

The Independence-variant LCS's innovative hull design provides outstanding stability, capacity and seakeeping. The trimaran hull form provides safe operations in adverse seas and aviation operations into sea state 5.

Stability At High Speeds & Speed States

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) demonstrates its maneuvering capabilities in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

Flexible & Versatile For Enhanced Joint Warfighting Capabilities

The Independence-variant LCS has the capacity to meet joint requirements and missions. The open architecture core mission system provides an adaptable and highly-capable command and control environment for a coordinated air, surface, and undersea tactical picture. It delivers greater useable space and higher mission module capacity-increasing on-station time and minimizing time to reconfigure for a new mission.

Flexible & Versatile For Enhanced Joint Warfighting Capabilities

The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) demonstrates its maneuvering capabilities in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel M. Young/Released)

Extensive Aviation Operations

With a flight deck larger than any other surface combatant, the open architecture core mission system handles simultaneous operation of two embarked SH-60 helicopters, multiple UAVs and can recover, service, and launch the larger H-53. By offering greater operational readiness and improved aviation safety and stability, we provide the flexibility needed to support all mission roles.

Extensive Aviation Operations

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Robert Chittenden signals and MH-60R Seahawk, assigned to the “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 74, to land on the flight deck aboard littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2). (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy)