The U.S. Navy’s Independence-variant littoral combat ship, USS Oakland (LCS 24), has received a new launch module for long-range, precision-strike weapon.
According to a recent Navy news release, USS Oakland (LCS 24) finished installation of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launch module on Dec. 9 at Naval Base San Diego.
The Naval Strike Missile is a long-range, precision-strike weapon that can find and destroy enemy ships at distances up to 100 nautical miles. The NSM is produced by a partnership composed of Raytheon Missiles and Defense alongside the Norwegian based defense company Kongsberg Defense Aerospace.
“The addition of the NSM on LCS vessels adds lethality and over-the-horizon capability,” said Cmdr. Derek Jaskowiak, Oakland Blue Crew’s commanding officer. “The presence of an NSM acts as a deterrent and provides additional offensive capacity for deployed LCS vessels, and is a great asset to the fleet.”
The NSM evades enemy radar and defense systems by conducting evasive maneuvers and flying at sea-skimming altitude. NSM uses an advanced seeker for precise targeting and carries a 500-pound class warhead with a programmable fuse. The NSM system can also be deployed during ground-based or amphibious operations due to its capability to climb and descend with terrain.
The addition of the NSM bolsters LCS capabilities to engage with ships in addition to the ship’s mission module.
The Littoral Combat Ship is a fast, agile, mission-focused platform designed to operate in near-shore environments, winning against 21st-century coastal threats. The LCS is capable of supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence.