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Zumwalt class

Guided missile cruiser

Zumwalt class

The stealthy US Navy Zumwalt class cruisers are 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 16 000 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 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 Zumwalt class cruisers are new multi-role ships of the US Navy. These stealthy guided missile cruisers have superior offensive capabilities. 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 and lack of threat.

   Although the Zumwalt class warships are officially called "destroyers", in terms of size, displacement and armament these warships are clearly cruisers. These stealthy warships are actually larger than US Ticonderoga class cruisers China's Type 055 class cruisers and Russian Slava class cruisers. Only Russian Kirov class cruisers are larger. Most likely that the Zumwalt class warships are called destroyers for political reasons.

   These new warships are optimized for land attack operations, but also possess great anti-aircraft and anti-submarine capability.

   The Zumwalt class cruisers are stuffed with cutting-edge technology and are stealthy to radars. Also these warships have new propulsion system.

   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. Despite its size the USS Zumwalt has radar signature of a fishing boat. Also it has low acoustic and infrared signature. This makes it harder to detect. Noise levels of the USS Zumwalt are very low and are comparable to Los Angeles class submarines.

   These warships are fitted with 80 advanced modular vertical launch cells for various missiles. These stealthy cruisers 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.

   The Zumwalt class warships are fitted with AN/SPY-3 active electronically scanned array radar. It is an improved version of the AN/SPY-1 radar, used on Ticonderoga class cruisers and Arleigh Burke class destroyers. Basically it is the most sophisticated air defense system in the world. Originally an additional AN/SPY-4 radar was planned, but was later removed in order to reduce production costs.

   These stealthy cruisers have the highest level of automation of any US Navy surface warships and are operated by less sailors than comparable ships. The USS Zumwalt is run by a crew of only around 140 sailors. It is half the crew of comparable Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Automated systems were designed to put out fires and combat flooding. Surveillance cameras monitor what is going outside.

   These warships have 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 was the first US surface warship to use electric propulsion system. Such propulsion requires less space and generates less noise. Also it has better fuel economy than systems of previous generations. There are two Rolls-Royce gas turbines that drive generators. Integrated power system send electricity to the electric drive motors that drive propellers, or weapons. The powerplant produces enough electricity to power future weapons like the electromagnetic guns or lasers. In fact the USS Zumwalt generates enough power to light up a small city.

 

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

active, in service

USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) 2013 2016 2019

active, in service

USS Lyndon B Johnson (DDG 1002) 2017 2018 expected in 2021

under construction

 

 

 

 

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