Navy stealth destroyer can be equipped with Prompt Strike missile system
A new type of weapon that can make a “quick attack” against an enemy from all over the world can be loaded on a US Navy stealth destroyer.
The Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) system, which has not yet been tested in the field, is designed to hit anywhere within an hour and can be loaded onto the USS Zumwalt.
The Zumwalt is a new class of guided missile destroyer and its captain, Kevin Smith, told Fox News that she would be the perfect platform for the upcoming weapon system.
The rocket can fly five times the speed of sound by using rocket boosters to enter the space and then “jump” over the upper atmosphere to aim at its target.
The missiles will carry conventional warheads and have the same speed and range as a nuclear ICBM, Fox news reports.
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The conventional Prompt Strike system, which has not been tested in practice, is designed to hit anywhere within an hour and can be loaded onto the USS Zumwalt. Stock image
The idea is to enable “rapid attacks” against enemy targets from a safe distance at the start of a conflict, according to reports on the weapon platform.
The next test flight of the CPS rocket should only take place later this year, with further tests in 2022 and no fixed date on which it will be ready for battle.
The weapon system uses the Common-Hypersonic Glide Body technology developed for the navy. It is a new system designed for non-ballistic missiles.
It uses a booster rocket to get at hypersonic speed, but then ejects the booster as it enters the upper atmosphere, according to Lockhead Martin, who has a multi-million dollar contract with the Navy to build the weapons.
Being able to ‘jump’ between the upper atmosphere and the space makes it very difficult to detect and every jump helps determine the final impact point.
Fox News reports that this allows rapid attacks on an enemy target without having to wait to deploy soldiers and other means.
The idea of a Conventional Prompt Strike weapon first came into being when George W Bush was president, with the aim of offering a “tactical surprise” when the conflict began.
According to the Zumwalt captain, according to the Zumwalt captain, it could be more strategic to fire it from a destroyer.
Arming a ship with the new weapon corresponds to plans to create a “premier attack platform in the surface fleet,” according to Vice Admiral Rich Brown, commander of Naval Surface Forces.
The ‘sneaky’ features of the Zumwalt and the fact that it can work in the deep ocean also play a role in making the best choice to host the Conventional Prompt Strike platform, Captain Smith told Fox News.
“The inherent capacity of this ship is signature. It is designed to be covert and offensive to carry the fight to the opponent, “said Captain Smith.
The new weapon is currently not ready for deployment and there have been problems during the long development process.
This means that it is only ‘considered’ as an option for the Zumwalt, which is expected to be ready for battle by 2021.
In 2019, the Pentagon asked Congress for an additional $ 77 million to develop the platform – from $ 201 million in 2018 to $ 278 million last year.
However, there has been some opposition to the development of a rocket that can travel at the same speed, range and trajectory as a nuclear warhead.
Opponents of the project say that this can lead to confusion about the exact nature of the attack and to a nuclear reaction.
The Zumwalt is a new class of guided missile destroyer and its captain, Kevin Smith, told Fox News that she would be the perfect platform for the upcoming weapon system. Stock image
Developers say that the signature of any attack with CPS would be different from a nuclear attack, and that the weapon is intended to “supplement conventional American capabilities” rather than act as a nuclear alternative.
The Zumwalt is the first in a class of three new stealth destroyers. The other two are called the Michael Monsoor and the Lyndon B. Johnson.
The ships with an unusual, stealthy shape are the largest and most expensive destroyers built for the navy, weighing 15,000 tons.
They have an unconventional wave-piercing hull and a sleek deckhouse that hides radar and other sensors in it.
Thanks to heavy automation, the navy was able to reduce the crew size by half, compared to the other destroyers in the fleet.
WHAT IS AN ICBM?
An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a long-range weapon used to deliver warheads to distant targets.
It is a type of ballistic missile that is driven and directed to a target, but falls on it under gravity.
This means that the trajectory of the rockets is a high, curved path.
To be classified as an ICBM, a rocket must carry a warhead of more than 3400 km (5,400 km), either through the air or through space.
Those who travel through space – including almost all nuclear missiles – are meticulously designed to survive the heat and pressure of re-entry.
ICBMs usually supply nuclear weapons, but can also carry conventional nuclear warheads.