MMSC Class

Operator: Saudi Arabia
Status: Requested
Number: 4
Cost: $11.25 billion
Acquired: Approved: October 2015
General Specs:
Country of origin: United States
Class: Multi-mission surface combatant (MMSC) – derivative of Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LSC)
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin
Introduced: N/A
Displacement: 3,600+ tons
Length: 406.8-416.7 ft (124-127 m)
Beam: 57+ ft (17.5+ m)
Draft: 13.5+ ft (4.1+ m)
Hull Material: Steel
Propullsion: 2 x Colt-Pielstick diesel engines + 2 x Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW gas turbines (113,600 hp combined)
Speed: 46+ mph (40+ knots/74 km/h)
Range: 4,603 miles (4,000 nm/7,408 km)
Fuel Capacity:
Crew: 50-75
Guns: 1 x Mk-75 76mm OTO Melara gun system
2 x 20mm Narwhal guns
10 x M2 .50 cal machine guns
Anti-air: 64 x RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) – in 2 x eight-cell Mk-41 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS)
11 x RIM-116C Block II Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) using 1 x Mk-15 Mod 31 SeaRAM Close-In Weapon System (CIWS)
Anti-ship: 8 x RGM-84L Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles with AN/SWG-I (V) Harpoon Ship Command Launch Control system
Other: Mk-32 324mm Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes (SVTT)
Aircraft: 2x MH-60R Seahawk helicopters
Radar/Sensors: COMBATSS-21 Combat Management Systems
TRS-4D C-Band multi-mode naval radar
UPX-29 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogator system
Compact Low-Frequency Active-Passive Variable-Depth Sonar
Ceros 200 Sensor and Iluminator fire control system
Defense/ Countermeasures: Automatic Launch of Expendables (ALEX) chaff and decoy-launching system
WBR-2000 Electronic Support Measure and Threat Warning System
Nixie AN/SLQ-25A Surface Ship Torpedo Defense System
Other: Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Global Positioning System/Precise Positioning Servce (GPS/PPS) navigation equipment
Link 16 communications equipment
ARC-210 radios
Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange System (CENTRIX)
Automated Digital Network System



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