The Zumwalt is the future generation multi-mission destroyer crafted for land attacks and is designed for the United Stated Navy Destroyers. The class of multi-role is meant for surface warfare, anti-aircraft and naval fire support. They are all set to dominate the warfronts after receiving consent for naval fire support, though the obligation was abridged to permit them to take over. The program was twice renamed, first as the DD-21, and then the “DD(X)”.
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) is the strongest one to be the lead ship of the Zumwalt class and the first ship to be named for Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, who later went to become the youngest Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) in American history. During the Vietnam War, the Zumwalt played a very crucial role.
A revised request for proposals was issued and in April 2002, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls was chosen to be the lead in designs for DD(X). Northrop Grumman led the ‘gold team’, which included Raytheon Systems Company as the systems integrator.
The Sc-21 is meant to describe the group of ships that are designed to fight more fiercely in littoral operations that are carried out closer to the shores and also far out in the deep oceans and seas. The chief function of these ships is to give effective results in all spheres and be versatile equally in surface as well as underwater combats and escort and diplomatic missions.
The stealth of the ship needs to be well strengthened to be able to stand attacks from enemy cruise missiles, boats, submarines and water mines. The defense system needs to be more accurate so as to minimize threats while cruising into enemy coastlines. Another factor it has to look into seriously and that has been brought out in news about the chief features of these DDG 1000 ships is that they have to be as invisible as possible. That means its engine will be noise free and electromagnetic energy will be reduced to keep it from reach of enemy detectors.
It is said to be the costliest fighter ship ever but the price is definitely worth the edge it will give to US Naval Force. It is said to be fully automated and will require lesser crew and lesser fuel and energy consumption is also among its chief proficiencies.
It is assumed that with the Zumwalt DDG 1000, a new era of ship will begin and will give birth to better and more enhanced naval technologies. For more details and depth into the designs and operation of this ship, you must read DDG – 1000 Zumwalt, U.S. Navy “Stealth” Destroyer. The book has pictures and information on this ship in the best possible way. Grab your copy of DDG – 1000 Zumwalt, U.S. Navy “Stealth” Destroyer here.
Cost: US$3.45 billion
Length: 600 ft
Beam: 80.7 ft
Draft: 27.6 ft
Propulsion: 2Rolls-Royce Marine Trent-30 gas turbines and emergency diesel generator.
Speed: 56 km/h
- 20 × MK 57 VLS modules, with a total of 80 launch cells
- RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile(ESSM), 4 per cell
- Tactical Tomahawk, 1 per cell
- Vertical Launch Anti-Submarine Rocket (ASROC), 1 per cell
- 2 × 155 mm Advanced Gun System 920 × 155 mm rounds total
- 600 in automated store + Auxiliary store room with up to 320 rounds
- 70–100 LRLAP rounds planned as of 2005 of tota
- 2 × Mk 110 57 mm gun (CIGS)