Inspired by a comment from Anon in the last post, ComNavOps is offering the following module concepts for the Navy’s consideration. Unlike the worthless ASW, MCM, and ASuW modules the Navy is pursuing, these modules will truly be useful. Enjoy!
To deal with the lack of food storage capacity, the Fishing Module is the first truly useful mission module for the LCS! A remote operated semi-submersible vehicle tows a fishing net and is guided by the vehicle's on-board fishfinder sonar. Finally, a mission worthy of the LCS!!!
Given that the LCS has been deemed not survivable in a hostile environment, the Post Combat Abandoment Module (PCAM) acknowledges the inevitable result of combat by mounting a combination life raft/personnel cannon in the former NLOS pits. The cannon will shoot life rafts off the ship at 12 rpm (rafts per minute). After the rafts have been deployed, the ship’s on board radar sensor suite (with automatic EO backup) will precision launch crew members from the cannon (think circus!) onto the rafts until the ship has been completely abandoned. Once abandoned, the automated system will issue a Navy Public Relations message to all wire services describing the heroic actions of the ship and crew and stressing that the ship exceeded all mission parameters and that a further 55 vessels are needed.
Due to the lack of a weapon with sufficient range to deal with the small boat and swarm scenarios, the LCS now has an Anti-Swarm Swarm (ASS) module. The module will offer much greater engagement ranges by launching a squadron of one-man combat kayaks. Each combat kayak will mount a prototype slingshot powered rail gun and a bag of rocks with moderately sharp edges. The kayak squadron will swarm toward the enemy swarm and engage at a greater distance than the Griffon missile is capable of. In addition, each rock is estimated to have about 2X the hitting force of a Griffon warhead.