As the U.S. Navy embraces the concept of distributed lethality, new weapon systems and tactics are showing up across the fleet.1 Littoral combat ships (LCSs) have demonstrated a bolt-on antiship cruise missile (ASCM) and a mission package with Hellfire missiles. The long-range antiship missile (LRASM) has been tested by the Air Force and will be fitted to the F/A-18E/F, F-35, and possibly configured for vertical launch from surface combatants. The cooperative engagement capability (CEC) offers multiple options for engaging the enemy, and even the Army and Marine Corps may be getting into the ship sinking game.2 Despite all this distributed lethality work, there is a surprising—if if not glaring—gap in antisurface capabilities: the MH-60R.
Professional Notes—Fill the Glaring Hole in Distributed Lethality
Lieutenant Commander Patrick Blind, U.S. Navy