The US Navy Still Hasn’t Formally Decided to Add Hellfires to Its Littoral Combat Ships

Adding Hellfires to Its Littoral Combat Ships

More than a year after the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit first test fired an AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire, the U.S. Navy still hasn’t officially decided whether or not to proceed with production of the complete Surface-to-Surface Missile Module, or SSMM, for the rest of the ships. But without the missiles, the ships will have even more limited utility in actual combat situations, criticisms that have already prompted the service to start an all-new frigate project.