OK, what did we see? Well, for starters, and most importantly, it was clearly a highly edited and truncated video clip. We did not see the entire exercise, the number of shots fired at each target, the ranges involved, etc. We also did not see whether the boats were taken under fire in earlier sequences and, therefore, damaged. We did not see whether the LCS was at speed and maneuvering which would degrade gunnery. What we did see was just one or two boats approaching at a time with the remainder floating at rest in the background rather than a complete swarm and the boats did not actually approach - they motored across the field of fire rather than straight at the LCS as would actually happen in combat. This is equivalent to firing at a tow sleeve being towed back and forth - it serves no purpose other than to prove mechanical operation of the gun which, according to the report cited in the previous post, was fraught with problems. There was no indication how many shots were fired to achieve the kill. In fact, in the brief sequence, there were multiple shots that were well off target. How long had the boat been under fire before a successful shot occurred?
We also see the single boat continue to advance after being hit. This is the dwell time issue that we've frequently discussed. The video sequence ends after the boat is hit and explodes and yet the boat continues. The target is still alive and potentially viable as an attack platform. For any of you who might claim that no one could have survived such an explosion, read any WWII combat damage report and you'll see nearly constant uses of the phrase "no one could have survived" and yet they did - routinely. Further, the craft could well be remote controlled and not have any crew. Thus, the boat continuing under power and with some or all of its weapons intact would still constitute a threat. Again, dwell time. How do you know the target is dead and its okay to shift targets? That's the challenge and the weakness in using small caliber guns against a swarm attack.
Lastly, we didn't see the boats that made it into the Navy's "keep out" zone as they admitted happened in two out of three attempts in the previous post. Instead, they edited the video to show what was, presumably, the most impressive result which was the single boat that exploded but kept coming.
Look, Navy, if you want to convert me from skeptic to believer, conduct a true swarm test with 6-12 boats coming full speed, straight on at the LCS and let's see what the ship can do. Show me the full video. If the LCS handles that then you've got an instant convert believer. If you won't do that then I can only assume the ship can't perform its stated function. A transparently edited video accompanied by misleading claims that DOT&E directly refutes isn't going to convince any knowledgeable observer. In fact, it's just going to reinforce the critics beliefs.
Far from demonstrating any anti-swarm capability, this video serves only to reinforce the shortcomings and warnings I've been posting all along.