Bigger, Lighter, Deadlier Stealth Destroyer

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  1. Crashburn

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    The Navy's newest warship slipped out of dry dock this week into the waters of Maine, marking a new era for war fighting at sea.


    The USS Zumwalt, the first of the DDG-1000 class of destroyers, is longer, faster and carries state-of-the-art weapons that will allow it to destroy targets at more than 60 miles, according to the Navy.


    At 610 feet long and 81 feet wide, the Zumwalt is longer and thinner than the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk at Pearl Harbor. But it weighs about half as much.


    Much of the ship's superstructure is wrapped in a huge, canopy made of lightweight carbon fiber composite.


    The canopy and the rest of the ship is built on angles that help make it 50 times harder to spot on radar than an ordinary destroyer.


    "It has the radar cross-section of a fishing boat," said Chris Johnson a spokesperson for Naval Sea Systems Command.


    The Navy had planned to spend up to $9 billion in research and development on the DDG-1000 program and up to $20 billion to design and deliver seven ships. But cost overruns cut production to three ships.


    When it begins missions, the Zumwalt will be the largest stealthy ship in the Navy.


    Coming out of dry dock at Bath Iron Works in Maine does not mean the ship is ready to put to sea.


    The shipbuilder will now begin installing a considerable arsenal of weapons, including two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS), which can fire rocket powered, computer-guided shells that can destroy targets 63 miles away. That's three times farther than ordinary destroyer guns can fire.


    The DDX will go to sea with a crew of about 150 as opposed to current destroyers which carry a crew of 275. One reason is the AGS is practically self-firing. It needs no sailors to load the shells or remove the spent rounds.


    The Zumwalt will also be equipped with a new missile launching system capable of firing 80 missiles, including Tomahawk cruise missiles and Seasparrow surface to air missiles.


    Finally it will be able to carry and launch two Seahawk helicopters or four unmanned aerial vehicle.


    Its christening had been been scheduled for last month, but the government shutdown forced the Navy to cancel the ceremony.


    It's expected to be rescheduled next spring. The shipbuilder, plans to finish construction and turn the ship over to the Navy next year.
     
  2. jagerhunchback

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    pretty lethal critter there.
     
  3. Gil Marlin

    Gil Marlin World Peace? Visualize Using Your Turn Indicator

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    And you wonder why they had to increase the debt ceiling... :D
     
  4. OILAGER

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    At almost $7 billion a copy (including R&D) you gotta wonder if its too expensive to take to war and if the Somali pirates can buy a cheap Chinese counter measure in a few years.
     
  5. DITCH CLEANER

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    I love the Ship. I wonder if we will use it to counter the growing Chinese navy or just fuck the damned Somalis. I suppose it is primarily for surface warfare.
     
  6. lasparky11

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    Captain James Kirk, I kid you not!
     
  7. middleofnowhere

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    Does it have an RSW system? That'd be nice.

    Good fishin'!
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  9. Innocent Bystaner

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    Any rocket launchers on the stern? What's the trolling speed. Can you hoop off of it? Equipped with a RSW system? For that price tag it better come with all that.
     
  10. polfishski

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    Nice write up thanks for sharing. Fishing boat on radar ? Would hate to hit that in the fog.
     
  11. Crashburn

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    They would would blow your ass up before you ever ran into them ! :2gunsfiring_v1:
     
  12. talltales

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    Ugliest boat I’ve ever seen. This thing reminds me of the F-117 when it first arrived on the scene. Ugly but effective.
     
  13. Bud B

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    The old shit (couple years) is amazing already.

    We were about 3 miles off one of the stealth wagons... and where it should be on radar showed "Nothing". About 3 miles away on the same 3 radius...yep...there it was...4 miles from where it really was.

    The acoustical shit goin on offshore of San Diego I won't even go into. If there wasn't a couple other dudes there to hear the same shit... You'd a seen me on the front page of the National Enquirer.

    I use to bitch about paying taxes...then I reliazed what the hell it'd be like if I and the rest of us didn't.

    God bless America!!!
     
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    How many trolling spots?
     
  15. DITCH CLEANER

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    Interesting if it is able to throw its Shadow so to speak. Would be hard for radar weapons to find. Nice capability but I think I would rather have more Virginia Class Subs. But All in all it does make the enemy job a little harder.:hali_olutta:
     

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