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LCS Program - International Cooperation Opportunity (ICO)

The International Cooperation Opportunities Group (ICOG) identified nine (9) areas/tasks of potential international cooperation in development and application of technology to Littoral Ships. Each of these tasks would have oversight from all participating Five Power Nations (France, Italy, Germany, UK and US), but would be led by a "Lead Nation" that would develop final Statements of Work (SOWs) and provide pertinent funds for a 1 to 1-1/2 year project. The Procurement Agencies of the Five Power Nations intend to award purchase orders/contracts to support these initiatives. The final SOWs would be based on the draft SOWs and inputs from expressions of interest. All SOWs would be combined into an "ICO" (International Cooperation Opportunity) that would be presented to the national Armaments Directors (NADS) for approval on 29 October 2003.

Work was planned to start in January 2004 and would continue for a period of 12-18 months. This scope of work was to constitute Phase I, which was explained in more detail below. Continuation into Phase II activities would be determined by Phase I outcomes. All 5 countries would participate in the oversight of all 9 tasks. A future selection would be made on which of the 9 initiatives would be further developed and become available for international support and use on any of the five nation's Littoral Ship Programs.

The ICOG-led projects (Phase I) ("Tasks of the ICO") were are broken into platform and mission modules as follows:

  • 1. Platform Task, Future Propulsion and Power Generation Technologies and Fuel Cell System Implementation (Lead Nation: Germany)
  • 2. Mission Module Task, Littoral Combat System Mission Module Concepts, Lead Nation: UK. 3. Mission Module Task, Integrated Antenna Systems (IAS) (Lead Nation: France)
  • 4. Mission Module Task, Gun Modules and Extended Capability (Lead Nation: Italy)
  • 5. Mission Module Task, Common Opto-Electric Laser Detection Systems (COLDS) (Lead Nation: Germany)
  • 6. Mission Module Task, UAV Recovery Underway (Lead Nation: France)
  • 7. Mission Module Task, Interfaces, Standards and Interoperability and Open Architecture (Lead Nation: US)
  • 8. Mission Module Task, Rules, Regulations and Standards for Composite Materials and High Speed Structures (Lead Nation: US)
  • 9. Mission Module Task, Damage Control vs. Manpower Requirements (Lead Nation: Italy)

The ICOG Project was initiated in 1996 by the United States, Italy, Germany, UK and France, with an initial goal for cooperation on common mission problems focused on coalition security needs to include:

  • Extended air defense
  • Combat identification
  • Coordinated logistics and Interoperable communications
The approach to solving these was:
  • Initiate concurrent governmental and industrial activities to match promising innovative technologies with upcoming national requirements
  • Establish ICOs (international cooperation opportunities)
  • Report results
The ICOG initiative had distributed its efforts into several task forces, one of which was the LSST task force. The main areas of technologies and cooperation include:
  • Hull and propulsion, signatures, offensive and defensive weapons systems, command & control components, communications and data link, networking and combat system integration

  • With other task forces for:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Chemical-Biological/WMD Defense
  • Training and Exercises
  • Combat Identification
  • Land Mine Countermeasures
  • Sea Mine Countermeasures
  • Air Refueling Technologies
  • Interoperable Tactical Communications

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