General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS), which is acting as platform systems engineering agent (PSEA) for the core mission system of the Navy's second littoral combat ship,
the Independence (LCS-2), will play the same role for the fourth LCS, the Coronado (LCS-4).
The Navy awarded a contract in early May for construction of the Coronado to shipbuilder Austal USA at the company's Mobile, Alabama, shipyard. The ship is scheduled for delivery in 2012. GDAIS is teamed with Austal as PSEA on the LCS program. A competing industry team of Lockheed Martin MS2 and Marinette Marine built the Freedom (LCS-1)—a traditional hull-form ship 379-feet long and displacing 3,089 tons fully loaded—and is under contract for the Fort Worth (LCS-3). The General Dynamics-Austal triple-hulled LCS is 417-feet long and displaces 2,794 tons.
The Navy plans to conduct extensive sea trials of both designs and select one in 2010 for construction of a 55-ship class. The ship will be adaptable for mine countermeasures, surface warfare, and undersea warfare through use of removable mission packages.