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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2018 3:49 p.m. PST

…. New Weapons, Sensors & Radar.

"The Navy has now started construction on a first-of-its-kind new surface warfare destroyer armed with improved weapons, advanced sensors and new radar 35-times more sensitive than most current systems, service officials announced.

Construction of the first DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class Flight III Destroyer is part of a sweeping Navy and Pentagon effort to speed up delivery of new warships and expand the surface fleet to 355 ships on an accelerated timeframe.

Navy Flight III Destroyers have a host of defining new technologies not included in current ships such as more on-board power to accommodate laser weapons, new engines, improved electronics, fast-upgradeable software and a much more powerful radar. The Flight III Destroyers will be able to see and destroy a much wider range of enemy targets at farther distances…."
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Lion in the Stars21 May 2018 9:07 p.m. PST

And it's still on a hull design that is ~40 years old.

That we have direct proof is not well-protected against close-aboard explosions (USS Cole).

What's a man gotta do to get a new DDG design around here?!?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2018 9:59 a.m. PST



Ghostrunner29 May 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

What's a man gotta do to get a new DDG design around here?!?

Spend a couple of billion dollars for a stealth Hull with half the weapons it should carry?

Lion in the Stars29 May 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

Zumwalts are gun DD-series, they continue from the Spruance class numbers, which continue the Fletcher/Sumner/Gearing numbers from WW2. That's why they're DD(G)-1000s.

Burkes are dedicated missile DDGs, and continued from the Kidd and Adams class numbers. That's why they're DDG-51s.

The only 'stealth ship' is called a submarine.

Ghostrunner30 May 2018 3:51 a.m. PST

Don't I know it… 5 years on a boomer, which is now a GN.

But minor quibble… Spruance and Kidd class were in the same series of hull numbers, despite being DD and DDG, respectively.

SSNs named after states, CVs named after SECDEFs… things have sure got jumbled in the Navy since the 1970s.

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