‘Unacceptable’: US stealth missiles proved to be ‘invisible’ to the US Navy

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The U.S. Navy has not yet received the RGM-184A stealth missile, which was lost last year during firing on decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry frigate in the Pacific, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Journalists admitted that this is due to problems in the interaction of the developer and manufacturer of the weapon.

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The U.S. Navy has not yet replenished the RGM-184A Naval Strike Missile missile of the coastal warship Gabrielle Giffords of the Independence type, which was expended in October last year during firing on decommissioned frigate Oliver Hazard Perry in the Pacific Ocean, reports The Drive.

As pointed out in the American publication, over the past nine months, one of the eight launchers of the ship has not been loaded with this stealth missile, which would have to make up for the “lost”.

The Drive believes that the reason lies in the problems of interaction between the weapons developer – the Norwegian company Kongsberg – and its manufacturer – the American concern Raytheon.

A similar situation for the ship, which is designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the United States in the South China Sea, is “unacceptable,” the publication emphasizes.

In addition, journalists wondered about the status of the RGM-184A Naval Strike Missile program as a whole.

In mid-February, Defense News wrote that the first four ships of the American Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) coastal warship program, which includes Freedom and Independence ships, will be decommissioned.

The publication explained a similar proposal in the Pentagon’s draft budget for fiscal year 2021 with the excessively high costs that could arise when modernizing ships of the Freedom and Independence types.

Defense News noted that the first four ships launched under the LCS program lasted only 6 to 12 years.

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LCS ships are designed to patrol the coastal zone, combat surface and submarine forces of the enemy, counter drones and conduct reconnaissance.

A Freedom type ship is a high-speed single hull vessel. It was developed by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Independence is a trimaran, that is, a three-hull ship that was created by General Dynamics. Since 2006, 11 such ships have been launched.

As Task & Purpose wrote in April 2018, a U.S. Navy report indicates that military countries recognized the failure of the US LCS coastal warship program.

Due to doubts about their effectiveness, the U.S. Navy in 2014 reduced the order for this equipment. “The Navy simply acknowledged that a coastal warship is a floating pile of garbage,” Task & Purpose wrote.

Among the problems of the program, the publication identified a shortage of elements of the combat system, in particular, radars, limited protection against anti-ship missiles and the absence of systems that would reduce damage in the event of damage to the ship’s propulsion system.

These ships were compared with Russian technology. The Drive called the project 22160 patrol ships of the Russian Federation an innovative and fairly smart solution, because with comparable capabilities they are almost half the size of the American littoral warships of the LCS program.

“Russia is building half a dozen Project 22160 patrol ships that use an innovative and compact design that provides many capabilities and a potentially huge combat strike in a relatively small hull,” the American publication noted.

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Journalists noted that project 22160 implements “a sufficiently innovative concept for the Western naval forces to study it as a source of inspiration for their future multi-purpose warships.”

The publication also indicated the high cost of US ships in comparison with Russian.

Corvettes of project 22160, referred to in the article The Drive, are designed to protect coastal waters. The ship with a displacement of 1.7 thousand tons uses technology to reduce visibility, it is capable of speeds up to 27 knots. He is armed with a 76-mm gun mount AK-176MA, it is equipped with a sonar system, carries a helicopter and missile weapons.


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