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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:05 AM Jun 2012

The Navy Thinks This New $7 Billion Ship Is The Answer To All Its Chinese Concerns


The Navy Thinks This New $7 Billion Ship Is The Answer To All Its Chinese Concerns
Robert Johnson | Jun. 4, 2012, 6:56 AM

Looking a bit like an old Civil War Ironclad, the $7 billion DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt will focus on land attacks, relying heavily on its advanced stealth technology to slip in close to shore before unleashing its massive onboard arsenal.

A new take on the Zumwalt was published today by the Eric Talmadge at the Associated Press who points out that in addition to the ship's wide array of conventional weapons the Zumwalt will eventually carry the Navy's much anticipated "railgun".

The railgun is an electrically powered artillery weapon that launches massive projectiles at high speeds without the use of gunpowder or explosives. Instead, an electric current is run through the artillery shell, the current interacts with the magnetic fields in the rails and pounds the shell from the barrel.


The Zumwalt was originally estimated to cost about $3.8 billion, but so much technology crammed on board that its cost has nearly doubled, and after the first three are built, production will stop. Including the exhaustive research and development required by each vessel to total cost jumps to $7 billion apiece.
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Egalitarian Thug

(12,448 posts)
2. Another useless toy built to fight a war from 25 years ago. There is absolutely no need for this
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:22 AM
Jun 2012

kind of platform any longer. Combat surface ships are just big fat missile targets in a traditional war, and next to useless in the kinds of war we are most likely to face in the foreseeable future.

OTOH, this is likely just a feint. A gigantic waste of money that they can drop in the budget negotiations so everyone can go to the sheeple and tell them how much they cut.


(36,418 posts)
7. We are running out of money to deal with the ones we have. Hence this symbol of retro warpower.
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 08:57 AM
Jun 2012

If we could just continue throwing money at the problem, we'd build another 20 nuclear carriers and support flotillas.


(36,418 posts)
13. I hope you know this will go down on your p-e-r-m-a-n-e-n-t record!
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:50 PM
Jun 2012


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. . . etc.

Hubert Flottz

(37,726 posts)
10. If they piss China off they won't get any spare parts for their new ship.
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 09:23 AM
Jun 2012

Or any tennis shoes of uniforms for the sailors aboard her.



(18,541 posts)
11. Hey dumbasses, the same $75K missile that can take out you cheapest, oldest plane...
Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:18 PM
Jun 2012

can take out your $3 billion air craft carrier and your $420 million joint strike fighter.

The MICC is totally out of control.

"The bigger they are, the harder they fall." I think Jesus said that.

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