Tuesday, June 30, 2009

LCS-I: Dead

The one chance to try to get some type of viable Corvette out of the dog's breakfast that is LCS, was the Israeli FMS version, LCS-I.

Well, looks like the Israeli Navy saw the elephant ... and IMAO made the correct decision.
The Israeli navy has dropped plans to purchase U.S. made warships and instead is exploring the possibility of a home-grown military shipbuilding industry, according to the website of Defense News.

The Ministry of Defense had originally planned on purchasing either the small Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) from Lockheed Martin or similar corvettes built by Northrop Grumman. However, costs for the LCS ships skyrocketed to $637 million, and costs for the corvettes were estimated at $450 million, both deemed prohibitive to the navy.

“As much as we sought commonality with the U.S. Navy, it became much, much more expensive than planned,” a naval source said. “At the end of the day, we had no choice but to face that fact that, for us, it was unaffordable."

Instead, the ministry is now considering building two ships based on the German Meko A-100 corvette at the Israel Shipyards in Haifa, where the project would give a much-needed shot in the arm to the economy.
The Meko A-100 is a fine ship that should fit well the Israeli requirement.


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