The U.S. Navy is soliciting ideas for future designs of small surface vessels and tactical components such as weapons and radars, Defense News reported Wednesday.
Christopher Cavas writes the Navy has issued two requests for information as it weighs options for the existing Littoral Combat Ship program.
“We’re looking for what systems and capabilities are out there right now,” said John Burrow, head of the Navy’s Small Surface Combatant task force, according to Cavas’ article.
“In the end, when we come up with alternatives they will be tied to capability concepts that will be closely linked to the engineering analysis,” Burrow added, according to the report.
Defense News reports the task force is interested in mature ship designs or modifications of the LCS Freedom and Independent classes.
The branch also seeks technology for air, surface, undersea and mine warfare applications, Cavas writes.