Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS): Background and Issues for Congress [Updated March 6, 2006]   [open pdf - 38KB]

From the Summary: "The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a small, fast Navy surface combatant with modular weapon systems. The Navy wants to procure a total of 55. The first was procured in FY2005, three more were procured in FY2006, and the Navy's proposed FY2007 budget requests $521 million to procure two additional ships. The estimated average unit procurement cost of follow-on LCS 'sea frames' (i.e., LCSs without any mission modules) has grown to about $298 million, an increase of about 33% over last year's estimate of about $223 million. Section 124 of the conference report on the FY2006 defense authorization bill (H.R. 1815) limits the cost of the two FY2007 sea frames to $220 million per ship, plus adjustments for inflation and other factors. The Navy's FY2007 unfunded requirements list (URL) -- its 'wish list' of items desired but not included in the FY2007 budget -- includes an additional two LCSs for an additional $520 million. For a longer discussion of the LCS program, see CRS Report RL32109, 'Navy DD(X), CG(X), and LCS Ship Acquisition Programs: Oversight Issues and Options for Congress', by Ronald O'Rourke. This report will be updated as events warrant."

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