Video Report: Navy Fires Off Hellfire From LCS - How Will it Change Combat?

Kris Osborn

Warrior Live-Fire Video Above: Navy LCS Shoots-Off Hellfire - Changes Navy Surface Attack Strategy

By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

(Washington, D.C.) Destroying enemy helicopters on the open sea, hitting attacking enemy drones and countering opposing surface ships from safer stand-off distances are all combat missions now being emphasized by the Navy as it prepares its Littoral Combat Ship for massive “blue water” warfare - an effort designed to widen the ship’s attack potential and build upon its expansive scope of shallow water missions.

As part of this, the Navy has fired a HELLFIRE missile from an Independence variant of its LCS to better arm the ship for offensive attack. The test-firing, described by Naval Sea Systems Command as a “structural test firing,” involved the shooting of a Longbow HELLFIRE on the Point Mugu Sea Range on June 11.

Referred to as the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module, the weapon is being prepared as part of an integrated suite of combat technologies for the LCS. For many years now, the Navy has been working vigorously to evolve the LCS mission scope from an initial focus upon littoral operations including land attack, countermine operations and closer in combat operations -- to include preparation for dispersed, long-range, major deep water warfare against a heavily armed near-peer adversary.

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Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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Comments (1)
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Rockool
Rockool

Hellfire is useless as a naval missile. The LCS was initially to be armed with Griffin missiles with a range if 12 kilometers (50% greater range than the Hellfire) but the navy could not make that work and switched to the Hellfire missile with a range of 8 kilometers. Even the Griffin with a 12 kilometer range was too short ranged. They need something with a range of 16 kilometers or greater (like the Spike ER) to make it work! Then bolt on 4 Naval Strike Missiles and you have a useful ship!


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