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NAVY’s Stealth Ship of the future: Zumwalt

Applied Technology Institute (ATI Courses) offers a variety of courses on Radar, Missiles & Combat Systems and  Acoustic, Noise & Sonar Engineering. The news about new NAVY’s stealth destroyer would be of great interest to our readers.

The US Navy’s newest and biggest toy is the imposing Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, a svelte, stealthy entry designed to complement the Navy’s large fleet of Arleigh Burke-class DDGs.

Considering everything from its stealthy figure – which allows it to appear on radar as the same size as a fishing boat – to its 155-millimeter (six-inch) Advanced Gun System represents a significant leap forward in naval technology, it’d be impossible for us to recap all the significant features on this new ship.

Thankfully, Defense News has a really thorough and feature-laden story on the lead ship of the class, theUSS Zumwalt. Covering the ship from bow to stern, anything you might want to know (and that’s been released to the public) about this new destroyer can be found there. Head over and have a look!

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US Navy gets largest and most expensive destroyer ever

Applied Technology Institute offers a multitude of courses on Radar, Missile & Combat Systems courses.  The launch of USS Zumwalt will surely be of interest to our readers.

The USS Zumwalt, a massive 610-foot modern-day destroyer with an advanced rocket system, launched into the water off a Maine dock on Monday, in a surprisingly quiet ceremony, given the vessel’s record-breaking size and unusual shape.

It’s the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

The ship has a 155 mm “Advanced Gun System,” with rocket-propelled warheads that can shoot 100 miles. And due to its high-technology component, it only requires half the normal amount of sailors to operate.

Originally designed simply for shore bombardment, the ship is now intended to serve multiple purposes, including backing up Marines on clandestine missions.To go along with its forward-looking nature, many of the Zumwalt’s operations are automated. There are so many computers running the ship that it will only require about 158 crew members to be on board. A typical Navy destroyer requires almost double that number.

In fact, the Navy’s plan to pack in so much sophisticated technology carried such a high price tag that some senior Navy officials tried to kill off the project. Instead, the program’s goal was narrowed: Rather than build 20 ships, the Navy would approve the construction of only three.

Currently, the Zumwalt is on track to cost more than $3.5 billion. That’s a hefty sum, but, much to the relief of Navy officials, the ship’s construction is on time and on budget. Previous Navy programs, like the new fleet of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), haven’t been nearly as lucky.

Although significantly smaller than destroyers, the LCS have been swamped with complications ranging from technical issues to cost overruns. Last year, the Navy said it had brought the cost for each LCS down to under $400 million, but the first two each carried a $700 million price tag.

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