On 23rd May last month, the US Navy accepted delivery of its latest destroyer,the USS Zumwalt (category defense) which is the first ship of the Zumwalt class destroyers.The Named after the US Navy Admiral Emo Zumwalt,the ship has been classified as a stealth destroyer.The ship weighs a massive 14000 tons and is a multi role destroyer.Here are some of its following features:
The ship is equipped with 80 cells of RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow for medium range air defence from aircrafts and anti ship missiles,Long range subsonic Tomahawk cruise missiles but the ship is equipped with a new Advanced Gun System which is capable of firing munitions with a high rate of fire. The ship is also equipped with Mk46 MOD 2 gun systems to protect the ship from small fast attack crafts.The Zumwalt also carries ASROC systems for Anti Submarine defence.
The ship weighs a massive 14000 tonnes but has an RCS comparable to that of a small fishing boat according to US Navy Officials
The tumblehome hull and composite deckhouse reduces radar return. Overall, the destroyer’s angular build makes it “50 times harder to spot on radar than an ordinary destroyer.
- Hull-mounted mid-frequency sonar (AN/SQS-60)
- Hull-mounted high-frequency sonar (AN/SQS-61)
- Multi-function towed array sonar and handling system (AN/SQR-20)