The design is based on Lockheed’s littoral combat ship of which the U.S. Navy has two in its fleet, two more in production and two others under contract.
According to the company statement, the multi-mission combat is an agile and modular vessel that can go to speeds of over 40 knots.
The Bethesda, Md.-based contractor also claims that the vessel provides the power of a larger platform, but only needs the services of 40 sailors.
Joe North, vice president of littoral ship systems for Lockheed Martin’s mission systems and sensors business, said that the company’s multi-mission design offers a formidable combatant with lower cost manning requirements as well as less risk, which results in a ship that can be easily adapted for different humanitarian and combat missions.
The ship was designed to adapt to various missions such as mine countermeasures, anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface and electronic warfare and has inherent capability of anti-piracy missions, counter terrorism activities, maritime interdiction, special operations missions and humanitarian relief operations.