The contractor responsible for the DDX design, Northrop Grumman Corp.
The DDX design will not be completed until 2005, at the earliest.
Even though it was on the losing team, Lockheed Martin recently joined the DDX program for the system design phase, as a subcontractor to Raytheon.
The LCS, expected to enter service in 2007, will not have big guns, like the DDX, but could have a limited land-attack capability, LaFleur said.
The DDX and cruisers will be close at hand," said LaFleur.
According to an industry source, it is unlikely that LCS will have the "missile box" described by LaFleur, because that would likely put LCS in competition with DDX, a much larger and pricier ship.
for the development of DDX, but the basic design of the ship is far from complete.
The design of the DDX at this point--as far as the ship as a whole--still has a number of question mark issues to be determined," said Vice Adm.