Pentagon’s top tester: Littoral ships ‘have a near-zero chance of completing a 30-day mission’

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But lots of defense contractors got paid. (And continue to get paid.)

(From The Washington Examiner)

“The miracle of the LCS didn’t happen,” said Paul Francis of the Government Accountability Office. “We are 26 ships into the contract and we still don’t know if it can do its job.”

Originally scheduled to begin service in 2008 at a cost of $220 million per ship, its cost has doubled to $478 million each. And although ships have been commissioned and deployed, they are yet to be equipped with the systems that would allow them to perform their primary missions, and won’t be until 2020.

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