Lord Jim wrote:Great for PR but of little help.
I disagree entirely. It's encouraging to see some more novel ideas coming out of the MOD.
With the T31 we see the RN retreating into its comfort zone building gun boats to keep the colonies in check, unfortunately that is totally irrelevant these days.
On the other hand the LSS offers a new approach to the naval domain, one that recognises the future of maritime power probably lies with distributed assets operating across multiple domains, and this is a cheap step to begin that journey. It is a fat simple platform that could be applied to many different roles by tailoring the equipment it carries.
It is exactly what the RN needs to fulfill the many simple roles, and experiment with the future. Also it's the first new thing to happen to the RN is decades, that should be very welcome.