|The Israelis appear to be looking very seriously at buying a heavily modified Lockheed LCS design. This is designed to be a more conventional ship, in terms of armament. I wonder if it might make some sense as a new FFG replacement, given the lack of a suitable vessel currently on the radar... The LCS ships are very nice, but they are little more than coast guard cutters in terms of armament. A new frigate design, based on the hull of the General Dynamics / Austal LCS trimaran, with conventional frigate style armament might make a lot of sense for the US Navy. It would carry ESSMs, Harpoons, and possibly a few SM-6 ERAMs, etc...
It would basically be intended as a Knox/Perry replacement, but unlike with the current LCS, it would actually carry similar weapons to its forebears.