Independence-variant LCS

Independence-variant LCS

Maximum Warfighting - Minimum Expense

The following are the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program objectives for the Navy:

  • Optimizing warfighting in the littorals through unique designs for a unique environment and fast, maneuverable, shallow drafts
  • Targeting critical capability gaps for reconfigurable single mission focus and mines, small fast surface craft and diesel submarines
  • Providing modular open systems architecture to create a flexible system for dynamic battlespace, advanced unmanned air, surface and underwater vehicles and onboard sensors, weapons and command and control
  • Creating a Naval and Joint Force multiplier for operational flexibility for sea, superiority and assured access, integral members of future surface combatant family of ships and fully netted with the battle force

The General Dynamics approach takes into consideration all these requirements and more, to produce the General Dynamics LCS concept.

The concept maximizes capability per dollar by following three guiding principles: Availability, Open Architecture and Growth Margin.


Delivering the power and mission adaptability the U.S. Navy needs to meet emerging threats and challenges.

A revolutionary littoral combat ship with the size and versatility to meet the U.S. Navy’s ever-evolving coastal and littoral needs. A proven, fuel efficient trimaran hull ensures stability and maneuverability. An expansive flight deck and mission bay provide capacity to meet the Navy’s diverse conventional and irregular warfare missions. A flexible computing backbone built on open standards eliminates dependence on proprietary hardware and software and enables system operability from anywhere onboard.

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