3 new, stealthy Navy destroyer is now in the water

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That he was back, calmly sailing into enemy territory and launch a long-range precision-attack of the less-visible positions, start with the painting of the picture of just how “stealthy” is insulting surface, destroyers are able to transform to modern maritime warfare.

You can have a huge surface area, destroyers, armed with Tomahawk missiles, and deck-mounted weapons, sensors, antennas, and heat generation on board electric power, it is really can be considered a “creeper”? Sure, tall, vertical mast, the hull-mounted sensors, and an excellent antenna, it can never be a low-observable ship, but the execution of these tasks is, from the engineering point, engineers began to build a first-of-its-kind, deep man-of-war.

The Stealth characteristics are only one of a number of important features of the much-talked-of Zumwalt-class ships, considered by many to represent the beginning of an important part of a new generation of warfare — including, laser weapons, artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence, extensive networking, advanced sonar, and electric vehicles.

All three of the high-tech Zumwalt destroyers are now ‘in the water’ a Day. Kevin Smith, the Zumwalt-class Program Manager, said at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Symposium in April of this year. Smith detailed how each of the three new destroyers are in various stages of development — such as a couple of months ago, in April of this year. Be the first one in its class, the USS Zumwalt, the preparation of weapons on its way to the final delivery later this year. The Zumwalt is now a test-firing of its weapons systems, and the completion of an operational scenario, the flow from Alaska and Hawaii, and to promote the tactical training of the crew, who is preparing for his first deployment. The number, in which the refining of weapons, sensors and networks, is an important step in this direction is the launching of the destroyer to the war effort.

“The crew has a lot to learn as far as the control of the activation of the sea, and much to her homeport in San Diego. For the life of the computer system, and it has a long way to go, and it is now at a higher level of achievement,” Smith said at the end of April.


In the second, the PCU Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), has started to control the availability and number three, PCU Lyndon B. Johnson (DDG 1002) — and was baptized in April of this year, on his way to a scheduled Hull, Mechanical, and Electrical (HM&E) – delivery to the following year. Johnson is now 85% built, and reached a “float-off” in December of last year.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) transits the Indian Ocean. (U.s. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Morgan, K., Nall/Released)

“We’re going now, by the way, the ship is completed, wherein the cable, as well as the completion of the sub-funds in the operation. We will be energized with high voltage, and in September,” said Smith.

Smith explained the reason for the “split-supply” of acquisition of the three vessels, that is, a path to follow from start-up through the transport to the home port of San Diego for the further control of the set-up. Although there are some differences between the three vessels, such as the use of a steel deck-house, the Johnson’s, the development process for each of the three ships which are intertwined with each other.

“The lessons we have learned in the 1000 and we hope in the 1001, and we are in the process of moving all of the 1002 which we have learned from the 1001 one,” said Smith.


Stealthy Ships

The technology of these platforms is loaded with heavy fire power, who lives in in advanced computing, and the potential for electrical power, and the potential for future integration of weapons and, perhaps one of the most particular team. How is it possible to have an engineer for a large destroyer, which is much less visible to enemy radar?

Most of the time when people think of the term ” stealth it, they are drawn in the direction of pictures of jet fighters or a sleek, and sex. It appears, however, that it was some of the central engineering applications that the of what “a car” seem to be clearly stated in the Zumwalt destroyer.

A couple of years ago, during an earlier phase of the Zumwalt’s development, news stories, many of which are cited by Naval Sea Systems Command, stated that the Zumwalt looked like a small fishing vessel during a radar test. When it is viewed through the lens of how a car works, this can result in exactly what to do. As a destroyer and as large as the Zumwalt, it would be very unlikely to generate a “no return signal from the enemy radar, or sonar system, the configuration seems to be designed to produce a rendering that is very different than what it really is-a confusing the enemy. This is, in fact, completely in line with the intended effect of the new Air Force fighter jets and a stealth bomber, they are designed to appear like a “bird” or “insect” in the air, and the enemy’s radar.

Take a look at the external shape of the Zumwalt, the vessel lends itself to a discussion of some of these concepts with respect to team characteristics. First of all, when compared to the other ships, the form of which is, of course, a whole new way. The number of edges, and a notable absence of the prime structures, or the varied contours and a flat surface seamlessly connected to the main deck of the ship in a straight line, but at a slight angle to a flat, linear surface area. In place of the multiple, sharp-edged, woven steel panels, and structures to support outward-facing radar system of the Zumwalt, at the front side of the exterior of the home showcases just a few of the rounded-off corners, and the achievement of the required form. The much-debated, wave-cut Tumblehome hull, is more narrowly constructed than the current destroyer, which makes it less detectable to enemy sonar.


Otherwise, the form, the outward appearance of structures with sharp corners, jagged edges, and the extension of its vertical design of nature, a lot of areas that radar pings can bounce. Low observability, in the case of expansion, it happens when the radar is less a return to the electromagnetic pings to the creation of a representation of the object. Since the electromagnetic pings to travel at the speed of light is a well-known entity — and the time of travel can be determined, which is a computer algorithm that can determine the shape, size, and distance from the enemy object, and if there is enough signal. The acoustic pings, and operate within the same conceptual framework, with the help of sound rather than electricity. Accordingly, Zumwalt engineers sought to build a ship in order to avoid radar and sonar detection.

Most of the current destroyers, for example, have a multi-deck mounted sensors, weapon systems, and the corner of the stairs, which is visible and placed on the deck of the ship, and none of them can be seen on the Zumwalt. Some of the Zumwalt’s weapons, for example, are to be found in what appear to be rounded, cone-like structures. Simply put, the edges have less, or to be identified are, the lower the possibility that electromagnetic waves are effective to deliver a more accurate picture of the object.

Another apparent technique is the use of the antenna. For a DDG 51 is, for example, is a multiple of antennas, sensors, poles, and other narrow, vertical structures, and with defined outlines. The Zumwalt is not. In addition, the Zumwalt’s electric-drive system not only helps to create greater on-board electrical power for the weapons, but it is also much quieter — the ship has a smaller signature overhead, the enemy’s sensors, and even the u-boats. It is interesting that there is another “conceptual” similarities between the Zumwalt and the silent warriors of the jets. Looking at the ship from the outside, there is a very low-observable sensors, weapons, aerial, or other device, something that is consistent with the engineering techniques used in the construction of stealth aircraft. Many of the sensors and the antenna, and the stealth aircraft are designed, it is embedded or woven within the outer skin of the aircraft. There are no visible “seams” or “screws” holding the parts of the ship. With these concepts in mind, it is not surprising, as much of the Zumwalts, sensors, radar, sonar, and other leading technologies have been purposely woven into them or bury them in the hull or on the outside of the ship. After this, the technical line of reasoning, it makes sense to have, for example, an air force stealthy B-2 is not internally buried in the engines to reduce heat signature to be — but it also has a curved horizontal shape with no hard edges, sharp angles, or vertical structures that are more recognizable, for with the enemy’s radar. Finally, there is also a stealth aircraft, is known for its use of specially-designed radar-absorbing materials. Even though there is not a lot of detail about the exact materials to be used for the Zumwalt, understandably, for reasons of safety, it would be useful if it were integrated with a radar-absorbing surface.

Smith also spoke at length about the ship’s potential growth rate and the technical ability to make the home more electrical power, and the “surge” capacity for new weapons, such as lasers. The ship’s Integrated Power System, electric cars, computing, systems and 78 megawatts of power generator is already in the process of creating the conditions for a fast integration of the laser weapon. It is very important for the team to design, because of the lasers not only have a host of new combat and attack the benefits, but they are also completely silent. They give it a very different and less detectable signature than the rockets do.

So, while on the surface, the idea of a stealthy destroyer, seems to be a contradiction in terms, Zumwalt’s engineers seem to have plenty of stealth techniques is that, while it is not intended to take the ship to become invisible, and are designed to confuse the enemy’s sensors, and the war, and while there’s a lot less detectable to the enemy.

William Osborn, of WARRIOR BASE (CLICK HERE) and can be reached at

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