Navy Littoral Combat Ship/Frigate (LCS/FFGX) Program: Background and Issues for Congress [September 22, 2017] [open pdf - 2MB]
"The Navy's Littoral Combat Ship/Frigate (LCS/FFG(X)) program is a program to procure a total of 40, and possibly as many as 52, small surface combatants (SSCs), meaning LCSs and frigates. A total of 29 LCSs have been procured through FY2017. For FY2018, the Navy is requesting the procurement of two more LCSs, which would be the 30th and 31st. The Navy's proposed FY2018 budget, which was submitted on May 23, 2017, originally showed a request for one LCS at an estimated cost of $636.1 million. On May 24, 2017, the Navy announced that it was amending its proposed FY2018 budget to request the procurement of two LCSs rather than one. As amended, the Navy's proposed FY2018 budget requests two LCSs at a total cost of $1,136.1 million, or an average of about $568.1 million each."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33741
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html