The US Navy has decided to suspend production of guided precision projectiles for the guns mounted on its newest Zumwalt-class warships, citing major cost overruns.
Lockheed Martin-built Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP), a guided precision munition that is key to the DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class’s mission, costs $800,000 per round, as reported by Defense News, which quotes an unnamed source in the US Navy.
According to the report, the cost of LRLAP increased steadily as the numbers of Zumwalt-class destroyers were cut.
“We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” said a Navy official familiar with the program. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.” From a total of 28 ships, to seven, and finally to three, the class shrank and costs did not.
The decision to accept the LRLAP cancellation is part of the Program Objective Memorandum 2018 (POM18) effort, the Pentagon’s annual budget process. Meanwhile, the Navy intends to look for an alternative.
“We are looking at multiple different rounds for that gun,” the Navy official said, adding that “three or four different rounds” have been looked at, including the Army’s Excalibur munition from Raytheon, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP), a project under development by the Office of Naval Research and BAE Systems.
The LRLAP is the only munition designed to be fired from the warship’s Advanced Gun System (AGS), a 155mm/62-caliber gun with an automated magazine and handling system. Each of the three Zumwalts will carry two of the guns.
The US guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt experienced an engineering casualty during preparations to get underway from Naval Station Norfolk earlier this week. The ship will remain in Norfolk to conduct an assessment of the casualty and complete repairs
The US Navy accepted delivery of the Stealth capable USS Zumwalt, which is equipped with two Advanced Gun Systems, capable of firing Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP) that reach up to 63 nautical miles, providing three-fold range improvement in naval surface fires coverage. DDG 1000 is tailored for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, and will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces, the US Navy said in a statement Saturday
Delivery of two electric powered General Dynamics' Zumwalt-class destroyer for the US Navy has been delayed by a year, various media reported Monday. The Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was planned to be delivered by summer, but that has dropped back to November, on the other hand work on the third and last ship in the class, Lyndon B
BAE Systems announced it has completed the series of gun fire tests of the 155-mm Long Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP). The test was a carried out to check the performance of the LRLAP tactical rocket motors at ambient, cold and hot temperatures and to test the live fire performance of the tactical warhead
TEWKSBURY, Mass. --- Raytheon Company's integrated undersea warfare combat system for the Zumwalt-class destroyer recently received its official U
Yemeni Army used Electronic Warfare, Jet-powered Drones in Saudi Attack
Qatar May Sign Euro 1.5B Deal with Nexter for 490 VBCI Armored
US Develops Plastic 14 times Stronger than Steel for Military Armor
China to Deploy Sharp Sword Stealth Drone on Type-001A Carrier by Year-end...
Israel to Modernise Ukrainian MiG-29 Jets for $440M
MiG-35 Shows Off New AESA Radar at MAKS 2019
Su-57’s Technology predecessor, the Su-47 ‘Berkut’ Displayed at MAKS 2019
Russia Unveils its Biggest Ever Drone to Compete with US Global Hawk
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...