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Surface Combat Ship (SCS)

Lockheed Martin offered the Surface Combat Ship (SCS), a next generation surface combatant for international navies based on the proven Freedom Class LCS hull. This frigate-class proved too much of a good thing for the international market.

The SCS delivers maximum firepower to meet current and future operational requirements. At 118 meters in length, and approximately 3600 ton displacement, the SCS provided proven state-of-the-art Anti-Air, AntiSurface, Anti-Submarine, Electronic Warfare, and Special Operations support capabilities. The SCS is a high speed, highly maneuverable combatant capable of operating both in open ocean and near coastlines in high sea state conditions.

The SCS design utilized the latest U.S. Navy technologies allowing interoperability with U.S. and allied naval forces to participate in joint and coalition operations. The state-of-the-art automated damage control systems, provide superior survivability. The SCS provides the navies with fleet modernization that addresses emerging threats well into the 21st century. It enhances any navys ability to perform critical missions, protecting national sovereignty and infrastructure, providing homeland defense, and maritime support to allied nations.

The ship and its combat system are designed to provide multi-warfare capability, operate in shallow water or deep ocean, in all weather conditions. The SCS possesses unique operating features including the most capable combat system available in the world today, the Aegis/SPY-1F(V) radar and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (MK 41 VLS) with the SM-2 and ESSM missiles. The system is combat proven with more than 3800 successful missile firings.

The ship has an inherent capability to support special operations due to its stern ramp design, high speed propulsion system, and extra large flight deck. Responsive maneuverability is a key feature designed into the ship offering the ability to turn about its own axis and stopping within two to three ship lengths from top speed. Leveraging the latest U.S. Navy technology allows the SCS to operate at speeds in excess of 35kts in shallow waters.

Survivability and crew protection has been a major factor in the design of the SCS by the introduction of a highly effective Aegis combat system, and integration of state-ofthe-art automated damage control systems. The SCS incorporates the latest U.S. Navy damage control, casualty control, and robust fire fighting capabilities. The fire fighting systems are integrated with a state of-the-art automated damage control and monitoring system ensuring high survivability.

The enhanced warfighting capabilities of the SCS, based on proven Aegis technologies, provides the ship commander with the ability to engage and defeat any threat that may be encountered. A warfighter is provided with a continuous comprehensive tactical air and surface picture obtained through multiple sensors including the Aegis radar. Antiair warfare defense consists of the SM-2 and ESSM missiles, Close-In Weapon-System (CIWS), a medium caliber gun.

Anti-submarine warfare is conducted using a variety of optional sensors to include the MH-60 dipping sonar, hull mounted or towed array sonars. The proven antisurface warfare capability consists of Harpoon missiles, CIWS, a medium caliber gun, and four 50 cal machine guns, MH-60 helicopter with the Hellfire missiles. Low signature topside shaping further reduces the ship's radar cross-section.

The SCS provides flexibility for special operations through an oversized helicopter landing deck and unique stern boat launching facility. Command and control capabilities are provided by the Common Radio Room suite and state-of-the-art combat information center. The SCS superstructure and combat system software were designed to be easily adaptable to new and future technologies. For example, the MK 41 VLS is adaptable to future missile types, the SPY-1F(V) radar structure is designed to be adaptable to the next generation radar, while the stern ramp allows for retrieval of future special operations vehicles.

Superior maritime surveillance by the SCS is accomplished by means of its long range air surveillance capabilities, high speed, latest communications and data links, helo and small boat support. The SCS program has been designed to optimize navy and industry participation throughout its 30 plus year operational life cycle. The SCS, utilizing the latest U.S. Navy technology, provides a best value solution and unprecedented warfighting capability.

HullAdvanced semi-planing monohullAdvanced semi-planing monohull
Length Overall118 meters118.6 meters
Beam17.5 meters17.5 meters
Draft4.2 meters4.1 meters
Full Load DisplacementApproximately 3600 metric tonsApproximately 3,200 metric tons
Top SpeedGreater than 35 knots40 + knots
PropulsionCombined diesel and gas turbines with steerable water jet propulsionCombined diesel and gas turbine with steerable water jet propulsion

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