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The American navy launches an unusual ship

The US Navy has launched a new type of missile destroyer, the futuristic missile destroyer. USS Zumwalt is a result of over a dozen years of engineering work and previous experience. Construction of the ship lasted four years, and its estimated cost was $ 4.3 billion.

The futuristic silhouette of the prototype destroyer is the result of the designers’ desire to best protect the craft from the detection and deception of enemy radars. It also serves to hide in the hull all the elements beyond it, such as antennas or radars.

The design of the “inverted hull”, in which the ship is quite atypically tapered upwards, is made of composite materials and has no unnecessary protruding elements. Even Seahawk helicopters operating from the deck and drones are to be stored in hangars inside the ship.

The ship is equipped with an integrated underwater weapon system, dual-band radar or anti-infrared missile defense system. One of the most interesting weapons systems in the ship is a 155 mm (Advanced Gun System) cannon which can fire targeted ammunition, providing up to 150 km artillery fire, with a rate of fire of 10 rounds per minute. USS Zumwalt is equipped with two such cannons.

In addition, there are also 20 four-cylinder vertical launchers that can carry missile launchers: RIM-66, RIM-162, BGM-109 Tomahawk and RUM-139. Two 57-millimeter Mk 110 can be used for direct defense.

Autonomous anti-ship missile will hit the US Navy

The American army increasingly targets autonomous systems that will not only deal with logistics, providing soldiers with supplies and ammunition, but will also fight the targets themselves. Lockheed Martin, on behalf of the navy, is working on a new autonomous anti-aircraft missile designed for fighters.

The system is called LRASM (Long Range Anti-Ship Missile) and is designed for F / A-18 Super Hornet fighters that will be able to use it in 2019. The technical details of the new armament are not yet known. We only know that its range is about 200 nautical miles, and the missiles will be equipped with autonomous or semi-autonomous guidance systems that will avoid the obstacles that may appear on their way and then ideally hit the target.

So far, the Navy has carried out three tests of new armament, but earlier versions have been tested to combat air and ground targets. The anti-ship variant is now under construction, which should be ready in four years.