Northrop Navy Ships “Not Survivable” in Combat

Friday, October 29, 2010

According to an Oct. 28 report from Bloomberg, Northrop Grumman Corp.’s $1.68b amphibious warship, designed to transport Marines close to shore, wouldn’t be effective in combat and couldn’t operate reliably after being hit by enemy fire, according to the Department of Defense’s testing official. The report said the San Antonio-class vessel’s critical systems, such as electrical distribution, ship-wide fiber optics and voice- communications networks, aren’t reliable, according to Michael Gilmore, the Defense Department’s director of operational test and evaluation and the ship’s armaments can’t effectively defend against the most modern anti-ship weapons.

(Source: Bloomberg)

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