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Outlook on U.S. Navy world’s largest stealth destroyer

It is the largest destroyer of the world – and still the USS Zumwalt, is almost invisible. The ship should be hard to discover by enemy radar. But not all is amazing, but also the price: three ships are at least 12 billion $ cost.

From afar, it looks like a crudely carved concrete block, which lazily floats on the water. Almost 200 meters long, with a bug, stands like a spear into the sea. A gray behemoth that could come from a science fiction movie. And the Commander also still James Kirk is called. Exactly as the first Commander on the Starship Enterprise.

 USS Zumwalt: 158 men as the standard crew
Appeal of the crew of the new destroyer USS Zumwalt: 158 men form the standard crew of the destroyer.

Jokes the American Navy? No, on the contrary: the USS Zumwalt, who left just for her maiden voyage, rather stands as a shining symbol of the future of the Navy. The ship is a destroyer, which is equipped with various weapons systems, and has at the same time many advantages of a cruiser, which serves mainly reconnaissance and surveillance purposes.

Outlook on U.S. Navy world’s largest stealth destroyer with 100,000 HP driving engines

But the most important feature is the outer form. On radar images, the massive ship, which has a displacement of more than 15,000 t, to appear as a small fishing boat, no danger is posed by the. A mistake: The USS Zumwalt, named has over 80 launchers, four guns of various types and four slots for helicopter or unmanned aerial vehicles after an Admiral in the Viet Nam war.

The gas turbines drive aims to develop a force of approximately 100,000 Horsepower, more than 30 knots top speed are possible on the open sea. 158 man form the standard crew of the destroyer.

The U.S. Navy is celebrating the qualities of the vessel that is designed for coastal surveillance and attacks on targets ashore, only in superlatives. The new series have the triple gun power of comparable ships and also the triple better defense against anti-ship missiles. To get a ten times larger area of operations in shallow waters.

Doubts about the perfect camouflage

But at the end, all depends how well the camouflage reminiscent of the stealth bomber really works. Some weapons experts doubt the forecasts of the Navy. And that would mean that the ships of which, each copy will cost several billion dollars, would be destructible with comparatively cheap and small weapons.

More futuristic than the USS Zumwalt is the design of the Royal Navy for a stealth ship. Photo: start point
More futuristic than the USS Zumwalt is the design of the Royal Navy for a stealth ship.
Photo: start point

These doubts are likely to be a reason that the originally planned number of about 60 ships under the model name DDG has shrunk more than 1000. In addition to the USS Zumwalt are still whole two more under construction. And this trio alone to around 12 billion $ cost. Or maybe even 20.

Although most Americans are not the only things stealth ships. Also the British work on ships of the future, not detected by the radar.