USS INDEPENDENCE LCS-2
The design for Independence (LCS 2) is a 418-foot
(127-meter) surface combatant design. The ship
can reach sustainable speeds of about 50 knots (60
mph; 90 km/h) with a range of 10,000 nautical miles
The Independence carries a
default armament for self-defense, and command and
control. However unlike traditional fighting ships
with fixed armament such as guns and missiles,
tailored mission modules can be configured for one
mission package at a time. Modules may consist of
manned aircraft, unmanned vehicles, off-board
sensors, or mission-manning detachments.
The interior volume and
payload is greater than some destroyers and is
sufficient to serve as a high-speed transport and
maneuver platform. The mission bay is 15,200 square
feet (1,410 m2), and takes up most of the deck below
the hangar and flight deck.
In addition to cargo or
container-sized mission modules, the bay can carry
four lanes of multiple Strykers, armored Humvees,
and their associated troops. An elevator allows air
transport of packages the size of a 20-foot-long
(6.1 m) shipping container that can be moved into
the mission bay while at sea. A side access ramp
allows for vehicle roll-on/roll-off loading to a
dock and allows the ship to transport the
Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle.
The habitability area is
located under the bridge where bunks for ships
personnel are situated. The helm is controlled by
joysticks instead of traditional steering wheels.
The Independence also has an
integrated LOS Mast, Sea Giraffe 3D Radar and
SeaStar Safire FLIR. Side and forward surfaces are
angled for reduced radar profile. In addition, H-60
series helicopters provide airlift, rescue,
anti-submarine, radar picket and anti-ship
capabilities with torpedoes and missiles.
The Raytheon Evolved SeaRAM
missile defense system is installed on the hangar
roof. The SeaRAM combines the sensors of the Phalanx
1B close-in weapon system with an 11-missile
launcher for the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM),
creating an autonomous system.
Independence has an Interior
Communications Center that can be curtained off from
the rest of bridge instead of the heavily protected
Combat Information Center found on Navy warships.
Like all of our warship models, this
has the following qualities:
- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, weighing
less than 40 lbs. (A solid hull of this model
would be over 100 lbs, requiring 4 people to
handle and a fortified table to accommodate.)
- Hollow superstructure comprised of many individual
thin pieces of wood glued together, not few blocks stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the
- Light rust appearance
to give the ship the battle look.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
This 70" long
model is a special commission and not for
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