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Navy Seeks to Update Littoral Combat Ship Design; Joe North Comments

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Littoral Combat ShipThe U.S. Navy looks to upgrade the design of its Littoral Combat Ship into the frigate class, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Lockheed Martin is examining potential methods to change the current LCS design as the company waits for the Navy to decide on the types of weapons and equipment to be installed in the updated ship.

Joe North, Lockheed’s LCS program vice president, told Breaking Defense the company expects the Navy to release the final definition and selection of systems in late 2015.

North added that the company would avoid interruptions in the production of LCS variants under contract, Freedberg reports.

He also told the website LCS-9 – designated USS Little Rock – is scheduled for launch on Saturday.

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