Motown LCS drops the Hellfires, um we mean SSMM

In an effort to give the Littoral Combat Ships some teeth against small boat threats and swarm attacks by the same, USS Detroit (LCS 7) last week pulled off structural test firing of 3 missiles from the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM).

SSMM, part of the LCS’s Surface Warfare Mission Package, utilizes a 24-pack of the Army’s AGM 114L-8A Longbow Hellfire, which is traditionally air launched from drones and Apache gunships, and instead vertical launches it from the naval vessel.

The test marked the first vertical missile launched from an LCS and the first launch of a missile from the SSMM while mounted to an LCS.

“This was another positive step forward in fielding of the next increment for the SUW MP,” stated Capt. Ted Zobel, Mission Modules program manager. “The SSMM is a critical piece of the SUW MP and this event will allow us to move safely into developmental testing and soon to fielding this capability aboard LCS.”

The full Surface Warfare Mission Package, which includes two Mk46 30mm guns in the Gun Mission Module and the Maritime Security Module (11m Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat for Visit Boarding Search and Seizure), will begin developmental testing aboard USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) later this year with IOC in 2018.

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Let me introduce myself. I am a bit of a conflict junkie. I am fascinated by war and warfare, assassination, personal protection and weaponry ranging from spud guns and flame throwers to thermonuclear bombs and Soviet-trained Ebola monkeys. In short, if it’s violent or a tool to create violence it is kind of my thing. I have written a few thousand articles on the dry encyclopedia side for such websites as GUNS.com, Univesity of Guns, Outdoor Hub, History Times, Big Game Hunter, Glock Forum, Firearms Talk.com, and Combat Forums; as well as for print publications like England Expects, and Strike First Strike Fast. Several magazines such as Sea Classics, Military Historian and Collector, Mississippi Sportsman and Warship International have carried my pieces. Additionally I am on staff as a naval consultant and writer for Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine. Currently I am working on several book projects including an alternative history novel about the US-German War of 1916, and a biography of Southern gadfly and soldier of fortune Bennett Doty. My first novel, about the coming zombie apocalypse was released in 2012 by Necro Publications and can be found at Amazon.com as was the prequel, Chimera-44. I am currently working on book two of that series: "Pirates of the Zombie Coast." In my day job I am a contractor for the US federal government in what could best be described as the ‘Force Protection’ field. In this I am an NRA-certified firearms, and less-than-lethal combat instructor.

One response to “Motown LCS drops the Hellfires, um we mean SSMM”

  1. Comrade Misfit says :

    The Hellfire has a nominal rage of 4 nautical miles. Maybe less in this application.

    Consider me seriously underwhelmed.

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