General Dynamics provides Littoral Combat Ship’s weapon systems upgrade details

General Dynamics Mission Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, revealing more details about the upgrade of Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) weapon systems.

The Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship has achieved another milestone with the latest upgrade to its weapon systems, according to a recent company news release.

The USS Gabrielle Giffords crew successfully demonstrated the fully operational Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for the first time at Exercise Pacific Griffin 2019. Using the ship’s integrated combat system, the crew launched the powerful anti-ship cruise missile at a decommissioned ship.

The over-the-horizon Naval Strike Missile system was installed and integrated onto the LCS by a team from General Dynamics Mission Systems and Austal USA.

“The integration of the Naval Strike Missile system onto the Independence-class LCS was an example of what a small team of highly talented people can do in a very short time. Working closely with the Navy and Austal USA, General Dynamics engineers were responsible for the technical design and integration of the weapon system onto the ship which involved developing software, installing the system, and performing fratricide and other safety analysis.” – Stan Kordana, Vice President of Surface Systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems

“Today was a terrific accomplishment for USS Gabrielle Giffords crew and the Navy’s LCS class. I am very proud of all the teamwork that led to the successful launch of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM)” said Cmdr. Matthew Lehmann, commanding officer of the USS Gabrielle Giffords in a statement released by the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Strike Missile is a new long-range, precision-strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles. Produced by Raytheon, the missile skims the surface of the water and is so accurate that LCS crews can pinpoint which part of the enemy ship to destroy using the ship’s integrated …read more

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