Report Cites LCS Communications Problems

By Michael Fabey
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Along with the internal Navy reports reviewing LCS, GAO says, the concept of operations also cites the long-term insufficiency of current communications systems and states that these systems should be modified to ensure LCS self-sustainability.

“The Navy Information Application Product Suite system used by LCS was not originally designed to support the continuous flow of LCS data,” GAO says. “Because LCS depends heavily on distance support and especially applications based on this system, the Navy recognizes that alternative communication methods are necessary to ensure that the flow of information to shore is not interrupted in the event of an extended loss of capabilities, particularly during wartime.”

Navy officials told GAO existing communication systems are being “adapted for use on LCS but are not ideal for the unique needs of the ship even though the systems meet program requirements.”

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