Freedom-class littoral combat ship

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1 year ago
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Builder:
Operators:
Planned:
16
Completed:
8
Commissioned:
Complement:
115
Displacement:
3500 t
Length:
115 m
Beam:
17.5 m
Propulsion:
  • 2 * Rolls-Royce MT30 36 MW gas turbines
  • 2 * Colt-Pielstick diesel engines
  • 4 * Rolls-Royce waterjets
Speed:
47 knots
Range:
3,500 nmi (6,500 km; 4,000 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Electronics:
  • EADS North America TRS-3D air and surface search radar, TRS-4D from LCS 17
  • Lockheed Martin COMBATSS-21 combat management system
  • AN/SQR-20 Multi-Function Towed Array (As part of ASW mission module)
  • Argon ST WBR-2000 ESM system
  • Terma A/S SKWS decoy system
Armament:
  • 1 * BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, 400 rounds in turret and two ready service magazines with 240 rounds each.
  • 1 * Mk 49 launcher with 21 * RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Surface-to-Air Missiles
  • 4 * .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
  • 2 * 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II guns (part of SUW module)
  • 24 * AGM-114L Hellfire missiles (planned part of SUW module)
  • Other weapons as part of mission-specific modules
Aircraft:
  • 1 * MH-60R/S Seahawk
  • 2 * MQ-8B Fire Scouts or 1 * MQ-8C Fire Scout

The Freedom class is one of two classes of the littoral combat ship program, built for the United States Navy.

The Freedom class was proposed by Lockheed Martin as a contender for a fleet of small, multipurpose warships to operate in the littoral zone. Two ships were approved, to compete with the Independence-class design offered by General Dynamics and Austal for a construction contract of up to 55 vessels.

Despite initial plans to only accept two of the Freedom and Independence variants, the U.S. Navy has since announced plans to order up to ten additional ships of each class, for a total twelve ships per class. As of 2016, five ships are active and an additional nine are either on order, under construction or fitting out. Starting in 2019, ships of this class will be designated as fast frigates (FF) which will include increased firepower and heavier armor.

It was announced in early September 2016 that the first four vessels of the LCS program would be used as test ships rather than being deployed with the fleet. This includes Freedom and Fort Worth.

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