The US Navy decided to add hypersonic missiles to three Zumwalt-class ships

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A proposal to re-equip Zumwalt-class ships was approached by the US Navy when drawing up a budget request for 2022. The naval command thought about installing 12 missiles on each of the Zumwalt-class ships, which would allow the latter to significantly increase their capabilities in terms of striking targets on land.

To achieve this goal, the US Navy is asking Congress for $ 1,4 billion in 2022. This money will go towards further research in the field of CPS missiles and the gradual installation of missiles on ships. The Navy intends to place a 35-inch two-stage missile in multipurpose launch tubes, a design similar to that used on Virginia-class submarines.



According to budget documents, the first unit for hypersonic missiles for submarines will be ready by 2028, but it will take, according to experts, much more time to equip Zumwalt-class ships. At least in 2022, the US Navy will deal with the development of the rocket itself, the integration of the platform with missiles, and the solution of navigation and communication problems.

The hypersonic missiles are so large that they cannot fit into the Mark 41 vertical missile launchers found on Arleigh Burke-class destroyers or the Mark 57 launchers (80 per ship) on Zumwalt ships.

According to the American columnist David Ax, despite the fact that Zumwalts are ships with a large displacement, this does not mean that there is a lot of free space on the ships. Installing a hypersonic missile launcher will require the removal of two 155mm cannons currently housed in the bow of every Zumwalt-class ship.

Meanwhile, once these weapons were the pride of the existence of the Zumwalt program itself. The US Navy assumed that the cannons would fire high-precision shells over a great distance, without any problems covering the coast with enemy fortifications with their fire.

However, the US Navy developed guns separately from ammunition, and the latter have risen in price so much that they are now equal to the cost of a cruise missile, which has a much longer strike range. It turns out that it is economically inexpedient to maintain the existence of cannons on board ships of this class. So the ships were left without guns, but it was decided to re-equip them with missiles.

According to David Ax, the addition of hypersonic missiles will enhance the ability of ships of this class to carry out attacks on ground targets. For example, if the American fleet collides with the Chinese in the battle for Taiwan, then Zumwalt-class ships, located in the Philippine Sea east of Taiwan, will be able to launch missile strikes at Chinese ports and airfields, as well as shell the Chinese fleet in the Taiwan Strait.

It is clear that these are much more impressive capabilities than those possessed by the ships of the named class before. Now the only question is whether Congressmen will be interested in the proposal of the US Navy and whether they will support the allocation of significant budgetary funds to modernize the weapons of new American ships.
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  1. +2
    11 2021 June
    The railgun has already been DELIVERED,
    now rockets 1.4 lard oh well done good
    1. 0
      11 2021 June
      now rockets 1.4 lard oh well done
      Then, having put in hypersonic missiles, it turns out that it is necessary to remake it into an MRBM. Then on the ICBM. Then, having admired all this, they will be converted into a hydrographic vessel, a minesweeper or a tanker for AUG.
      In short, there are still so many ideas, something to put there or remove from there. Up to conversion into a cannon stealth battleship or a stealth icebreaker.
      wassat good
      The main thing is not to be satisfied with what has already been achieved, not to restrain imagination and financing of all these alterations. Then these ships will last a hundred years for both the Navy and shipbuilding.
      This process is perfectly shown in their own cinema:
      1. +3
        11 2021 June
        In short, there are still so many ideas, what to put there or remove from there


        What's wrong ? They will count. If it turns out to be sensible and more profitable than sculpting new ones, they will redo it. Do not throw away a new case, especially a good one. Cannon battleships were altered for missiles - and nothing.
        Yes, they didn’t work with the gun. It happens. Who should be asked. The experience will remain. This is work, not wagging your tongue.
        1. +1
          11 2021 June
          missiles
          Quote: dauria
          Yes, they didn’t work with the gun. It happens.

          It is clear that they built a ship for non-existent weapons, traditions continue, now they will remake them for new non-existent weapons.
          At least in 2022, the US Navy will deal with the development of the rocket itself.
          1. 0
            11 2021 June
            traditions continue, now they will be remade for new non-existent weapons.

            It would be easier to joke if our destroyer roamed in the Gulf of Mexico, and not an American destroyer in the Black Sea. laughing
            1. +1
              11 2021 June
              Why do we need our destroyer to roam in the Gulf of Mexico? That there are few other worries, you need to "show the flag" all over the world?
            2. 0
              11 2021 June
              The destroyer was simply ahead of its time.
              1. 0
                12 2021 June
                No, but the decision, of course, is correct: you need to somehow use these publicized, but useless galoshes. I wonder when they'll be written off? They are often faulty.smile
        2. +1
          11 2021 June
          If instead of cannons, hypersonic missiles and a second radar, on which they saved money, are installed on Zamvolt, a very serious control ship will turn out.
          And in the Mk-57, you can put an unmeasured missile defense system. hi
    2. +1
      11 2021 June
      Quote: Murmur 55
      The railgun has already been DELIVERED,
      now rockets 1.4 lard oh well done

      Here it is, the Golden Fleece of the XXI century. fellow laughing
  2. +1
    11 2021 June
    I'm looking at the photo.
    Did they fill their Zumwalt with alcohol, or what? Judging by the trail ... what
    1. +1
      11 2021 June
      At the helm of Zigzag McCruak laughing
    2. +1
      11 2021 June
      These are tests for maximum maneuverability (dodging torpedoes).
      Sharp turns at 30 knots.
      1. -2
        11 2021 June
        You are a specialist, or whoever: just to blurt out the glory of American weapons. Let me tell you a terrible secret, the steamer enters the turn because of the position of the stern and not the stem, the forces act on the stern. The higher the speed, the greater the radius of circulation. For steamers, it is practically the same and Depends on the length of the vessel. The lower the speed, the lower the circulation. In the photo Zumwalt, judging by the distance between the turns, along the wake, goes no more than 12 -14 knots, or even less, there is no characteristic fall either to the right or to the left. they are not used in the nose, due to their low efficiency. On the autobahn in Israel, you can mountaineer in your car as you like, but be careful, otherwise you can skid into the bump stop.
        1. +1
          11 2021 June
          The shape of the Sumvolt body is quite unusual.
          They have a small draft, great stability at high speed.
          and half the wake of the ships of the standard scheme.
          1. 0
            11 2021 June
            The hull is for speed and not for yawing, to increase maneuverability, they use Steering columns, or aisipods. On warriors I don't know if they are used. This implies electric movement, with a loss of efficiency. We went on kayaks, also an ideal hull for speed, but to turn sharply, You need to slow down sharply. Video of the aircraft carrier drift will help you. By the way, the stability of the Zumwalt is secret, there is no photo when performing a maneuver. Or you can calculate how much equipment is in the wheelhouse, its weight, otherwise it can be empty like a tambourine. With a railgun and guns, they have already surprised people !
          2. +3
            11 2021 June
            the points
            1) "shallow draft" - wow "small" as much as 8,4 m, for berks 6,5, for ticonderogs 9,7, not when compared with "New Panamax" where as much as 15 m then yes small laughing
            2) "great stability at high speed" - well, firstly, the speed is normal there, and the stability is higher (possibly stated, not confirmed) during the excitement, that is, it has higher upper tolerances for the use of speed and weapons with greater excitement, if we talk clearly and objectively so that there are no such leaps


            3) "half the wake" the wake there is the same as that of similar ships and is directly proportional to the speed and the area of ​​the draft, but what is less there is hydro-acoustic visibility, and this is achieved) due to a hybrid scalable transmission,) due to laminar load on the screws / shafts, i) due to electromagnetic protection and thermal drift of the propellers
            1. 0
              11 2021 June
              "and is directly proportional to the speed, and the area of ​​the draft," ///
              ---
              Not only. The length of the wake jet depends on its turbulence / laminarity.
              And it has long been widely used on submarines.
              The Zumvolts have taken into account the experience of the submarine.
              1. +1
                11 2021 June
                Quote: voyaka uh
                The Zumvolts have taken into account the experience of the submarine.

                not submarines, but arlibers with ticonderogs and other similar vessels with "UVP" which are strongly limited in terms of stability of the vessel during waves and banal in certain conditions can detect but cannot shoot, which is solved by the "diving nose", at least this is stated, but personally, I think that just such a construction (zoom-volt) is not effective in this context.
  3. 0
    11 2021 June
    So they have it in everything - still only on paper, but they've been trumped all over the world; but already put on a non-existent ship; but already fear - tremble. laughing And so in everything. Ponty clumsy - there is a movement of fear. bully
    1. 0
      11 2021 June
      Here, your truth, it was first necessary to finish all these Zircons-Petrels-Poseidons, and then to speak.
  4. 0
    11 2021 June
    maintaining the existence of guns on board ships of this class is economically impractical

    It is not at all necessary that only shells with the maximum range are needed, and such projectiles are much cheaper than any cruise missiles.
    But the pin dos nicknames have a lot of money, let them indulge in it, then they will "cut off" something else on the ship and "weld on" something new! lol
  5. 0
    11 2021 June
    Saw, Shura, saw ... they are golden. Well, that is, green.
  6. 0
    11 2021 June
    Iron is floating on the river
    From the village of Chugueva.
    Well, let it float
    la-la-la la-la la-la ...
    1. 0
      11 2021 June
      Wow, how a person is amused by an iron. Are you pumped out of the type of vacuum cleaner?
  7. +1
    11 2021 June
    The US Navy decided to add hypersonic missiles to three Zumwalt-class ships
    ... Really, they are tormenting this ... topic.
  8. 0
    11 2021 June
    So let's rejoice for the Americans, what an interesting sea-based hypersonic missile they have turns out. The mass-sized model fits only into the Zumwalt and then on the tank, and there from the deck and the waterline 15 meters, and how much more space it will take below the waterline. Berks remain without hypersonic missiles unambiguously This is not even discussed. This is the main reason for the beginning of the development of a new destroyer. And Zircon is easy to get into Gorshkov. Catch up with Ameriga.
    1. +2
      11 2021 June
      and there from the deck and the waterline of 15 meters, and how much more space it will take below the waterline
      ... The superstructure will be erected. The idea itself is good, but as always, tests will show everything. In the end, maybe they will finish it, if it does not have time to become obsolete.
  9. +2
    11 2021 June
    decided to add hypersonic missiles to three Zumwalt class ships
    There are no missiles yet, but the decision was made in relation to the ships, which they themselves criticized. The guys have fun. That is what the slogan means - "Thirst is nothing, image is everything."
  10. -1
    11 2021 June
    Again the show-off is clumsy.
  11. -1
    11 2021 June
    The Navy is about to place a 35-inch two-stage missile in multipurpose launch tubes:
    "Soon the tale will tell itself, but it will not be done soon." They will saw the loot and ask for more. laughing
  12. 0
    11 2021 June
    if the American fleet collides with the Chinese in the Battle of Taiwan,

    With this exceptional gadyushnik it is necessary to end. Not a single peaceful thought. Well, I understand China is butting with Taiwan - but this is their "family" showdown. In Russia, if two are fighting and they are pulled apart, then the separating one can fly from both ... bully
    1. +1
      11 2021 June
      Quote: isv000
      if the American fleet collides with the Chinese in the Battle of Taiwan,

      With this exceptional gadyushnik it is necessary to end. Not a single peaceful thought.
      ...
      :

      Your logic is strange.

      Sitting at a military forum - you will never see peaceful thoughts.
      No one ...
      News about the USA, NATO, India, China, Russia - on this forum - for some reason also only about weapons.
      Likewise, not a single "peaceful thought".
      And what - all these countries, according to your logic, are "an exceptional gadyushnik"?
      And with them, according to your logic, you need to "finish"?

      Well, maybe for "peaceful thoughts" - is it worth going to other forums? If you really want to see them ...
  13. 0
    11 2021 June
    The U.S. Navy is asking Congress for $ 1,4 billion in 2022. This money will go towards further research in the field of CPS missiles.

    The whole point of all the fuss - give me some money, pliiz ... lol
  14. 0
    12 2021 June
    How can you establish something that does not yet exist and not the fact that it will appear soon
  15. 0
    12 2021 June
    Saw Shura, saw))

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