NAVY'S SHORELINE FIGHTER MOVES FORWARD

These days, the U.S. Navy isn't worried about being attacked by big battleships, firing their giant guns from miles away. It's the little, sneaky ships operating close to shore -- the diesel subs, the explosive-laden powerboats -- that are the real danger.So the Navy has been pushing for a fast, new ship that can navigate these coastal waters, and can plug into the military's concept of a fully-networked fighting force.The initial, $10 million contract for this Littoral Combat Ship was handed out recently. Check out the design here.THERE'S MORE: Raytheon and General Dynamics were also given similar-sized contracts to work on their versions of the shoreline ship. (Raytheon has a pretty fancy promotional video here.)

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