Put simply: it could be taken out by a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot.
August 3, 2008 11:24 PM Subscribe
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow (62 comments total)
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What's as big
as a battleship
, looks like a star destroyer
, and can't do much of anything?
A Zumwalt class destroyer! (US Navy DDG-1000
$10 billion spent on research so far, and (assuming typical cost overruns) it may cost as much as $5 billion per ship.
Due to its cost, the Zumwalt program was already in trouble
when, on Thursday,
the navy revealed for the first time that the ship can do far less than advertised. Most importantly, contrary to its manufacturer's design specifications
, "the DDG-1000 cannot perform area air defense; specifically, it cannot successfully employ the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2), SM-3 or SM-6."
"Area air defense" means using surface-to-air missiles to shoot down enemy anti-ship missiles while those anti-ship missiles are still far away. This is not a new idea; the "Standard
" series of missiles dates back to the start of the Vietnam war. Since anti-ship missiles are now quite commonplace (Hezbollah seems to have used one in 2006
), a Zumwalt could not go anywhere without an also-very-expensive escort to defend it.
Informed bloggery can be found here
.Thanks to "Fauxmaxbaer," whose comment at this blog here
gave my post its title. Yes, the post title is hyperbole, but not by much.