US Navy destroyer equipped with hypersonic missiles

The ship was described as the largest destroyer in the world, and the US Indo-Pacific Comm has highlighted its modernity.

The Zumwalt -class destroyer, USS Zumwalt, has arrived at a shipyard in Mississippi to begin a modernization period that will include the integration of hypersonic missiles, marking a significant advance in US naval technology.

USS Zumwalt Arrival in Mississippi for Modernization

The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) left San Diego on August 1, arriving at the Pascagoula shipyard, Ingalls Shipbuilding. The upgrade will include integrating the Conventional Prompt Strike weapons system, ensuring the ship remains one of the deadliest in the US Navy.

Ingalls Shipbuilding, part of Huntington Ingalls Industries, will lead this modernization process highlighting a commitment to innovation in military technology.

The ship was described as the largest destroyer in the world, and the US Indo-Pacific Command has highlighted its modernity.

Reviews and Technical Challenges of the Destroyer USS Zumwalt

Despite being a technologically advanced ship, the USS Zumwalt has been criticized for its high cost and the technical problems it has faced. Media such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider have pointed out these challenges.

However, the US Navy has reaffirmed its commitment to the ship, and this criticism has not impeded the upgrade process. The modernization of the Zumwalt is a sign of progress in the US naval strategy, focusing on efficiency and responsiveness.

Integration of Hypersonic Missiles in the USS Zumwalt

The key upgrade will be the replacement of the twin 155mm forward gun systems with 87-inch missile tubes, each containing Common Hypersonic Glide Bodies (C-HGB).

These weapons, which are expected to be installed and ready by 2025, position the USS Zumwalt at the forefront of naval technology.

Vice Admiral Johnny Wolfe has stated a goal of deploying this system by 2025, although the Government Accountability Office has disputed this timeframe.