I also had to see where the Navy is going with destroyers, and that's why my visit to Raytheon's Seapower Capability Center here was such a good investment of time: I got a chance for a lengthy discussion on the next-generation, Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, which the Navy expects to be a standard bearer for the next 50 years.A three ship standard bearer. OK. Just like the SEAWOLF Class, I guess.
This is actually painful to read. It is almost as if the author did nothing but quote the handouts he saw lying around and did little critical research or thinking.
Without further comment - I'll put some of the quotes out here for you to ponder.
While the Zumwalt-class destroyer has been in the works for several years, its development comes at an opportune time, suggested my host for the day, Tom Laliberty, a director of integrated combat systems for Raytheon, which is leading the development of the technical systems of the vessel. That's because, he said, President Obama has announced a shift from land-based ballistic missile defense to sea-based systems, largely as a result of the difficulties of coordinating with partner nations.Ummmm.....
At the same time, the DDG 1000 is designed to throw off radar that would try to find it in a number of ways, including its composite materials. Another design is its wave-piercing tumblehome--or hull. Most Navy ships have flared hulls, Laliberty said, but the DDG 1000 was meant to be stealthy, and its tumblehome is angled in such a way that, "if you see it on radar," Laliberty said, "it comes across as a 45-foot trawler. It doesn't look like a 680-foot warship."Errrr ....
And because the Navy sees the threat of small boat raids and mines in places like the Middle East as being among the most dangerous ships like the DDG 1000 will face in the future, the destroyer is outfitted with undersea systems designed to counter any such dangers. It is quiet--so as to be able to sneak up on unsuspecting enemies. New mine-detecting capabilities--when tied to its navigation technologies--should allow the Zumwalt to be among the best in the world at avoiding mines.
Clearly, the Zumwalt-class destroyers are going to be big. The DDG 1000 will be 610 feet long, compared with 509 feet for the current-generation destroyer. Yet, the Zumwalts will carry a crew of just 148, compared with 382 currently. And that's largely because of the advanced electronic systems the new boat will feature, allowing the much-smaller crew to get much more out of their ride.Huh?
You get the idea. There is bad reporting, and there is sad reporting. This is sad.
I had to check the date three times. Amazing that someone could write this in the summer of 2010.