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Zumwalt class

Guided missile destroyer

Zumwalt class

The stealthy US Navy Zumwalt class destroyer is stuffed with cutting-edge technology

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service 2016
Crew 140 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 186 m
Beam 24.6 m
Draught 8.4 m
Displacement, standard ?
Displacement, full load over 10 000 ton
Propulsion and speed
Speed over 30 knots
Range ?
Propulsion 2 x Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines driving Curtis-Wright generators. And 2 x Rolls-Royce RR4500 gas turbine generators.
Aircraft
Helicopters up to 2 x SH-60 Seahawks and 3 x MQ-8 Fire Scout UAVs
Armament
Artillery 2 x 155 mm, 2 x 57 mm
Missiles 80-cell VLS for Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles, ASROC anti-submarine missiles, Standard and ESSM surface-to-air missiles

 

   The new Zumwalt class destroyers are multi-role ships for the US Navy. These stealthy guided missile destroyers can perform anti-aircraft and naval fire support, however the main focus is on land attack. The lead ship of the class is named in honor of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. It was launched in 2013 and commissioned with the US Navy in 2016. Originally 32 ships of the class were planned. However only 3 ships will be built due to high unit price.

   The Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built. Actually in terms of size, displacement and armament it is closer to cruisers rather than destroyers. It is even larger than Ticonderoga class cruisers.

   This vessel sports cutting-edge technology and is stealthy to radars. Also this warship has new propulsion and powerful armament.

   The USS Zumwalt has unusual hull design optimized for wave piercing. There is a composite deckhouse. Angular shape minimizes its radar signature. The ship has hidden radar and sensors. The despite its size the USS Zumwalt has a radar signature of a fishing boat. Also it has reduced sound and infrared signature what makes this ship harder to detect. Noise levels of the Zumwalt are very low and are comparable with Los Angeles class submarines.

   These warships will be fitted with 80 advanced modular vertical launch cells for various missiles. The Zumwalt can carry a mix of various missiles, including Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles (1 per cell), ASROC anti-submarine missiles (1 per cell), Standard surface-to-air missiles, and RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) surface-to-air missiles (4 per cell). Also there are two 155 mm naval guns with 920 rounds of ammunition and two 57 mm guns in stealthy gun mounts.

   This stealthy destroyer has the highest level of automation of any US Navy surface warship. It will be operated by less sailors than comparable ships. The USS Zumwalt will be run by a crew of only about 140 sailors. It is half the crew of comparable Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Automated systems will put out fires and combat flooding. Surveillance cameras will monitor what is going outside.

   The ship has a flight deck and a hangar for up to two medium-lift helicopters such as SH-60 or MH-60R Seahawks. It can also carry up to three MQ-8 Fire Scout or other small UAVs.

   The USS Zumwalt is the first US surface warship to use electric propulsion. Such propulsion requires less space and generates less noise. Also it has better fuel economy than previous generation systems. Integrated power system of the USS Zumwalt can send electricity to the electric drive motors or weapons. Its powerplant produces enough electricity to power future weapons like the electromagnetic gun or laser. It generates enough power to light up a small city.

 

Name Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) 2011 2013 2016

under construction

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) ? ? expected in 2018

under construction

USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002) ? ? expected in 2021

under construction

 

 

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