Focused Mission High Speed Combatant
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE
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The Focused Mission High Speed Combatant is designed to conduct Mine Counter Measure Operations, Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations, or operations against small boats in the littoral environment. The ship will extensively utilize unmanned systems such as the VTUAV Firescout, Spartan USV, and LMRS UUV. The ship will also hanger and support SH-60 helicopters. These and most other combat systems will be deployed on the ship in mission-specific configurations of modular packages. Systems not required for the planned mission will not be on board. The requirements for the Focused Mission High Speed Combatant are listed in . The designed characteristics for the ship are shown in Table 2. The ship will be able to cross the Atlantic Ocean unescorted, proceed to an area of operations, and perform its mission independently, with other Focused Mission High Speed Combatants, or with other United States or coalition forces. Table 1 Table 1. Top Level Requirements Key lessons learned in this study include 1. Speed Costs 220 Million dollars is not enough to buy the capabilities required. 2. Trimaran design presents its own unique complications. The placement and size of side hulls has a dramatic effect on speed and on stability. Special consideration must be given to ensuring the design meets damaged stability requirements with one side hull damaged. 3. The launch and recovery of small craft is a major design driver that must be recognized and planned for early in the design process.
- Marine Engineering
- Underwater Ordnance