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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