Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Radical Warship Takes Shape

Navy's DD(X) May Launch Generation of Greater Efficiency
By Guy Gugliotta
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 8, 2004; Page A03
Radical Warship Takes Shape (
This is a pretty nice overview of DD(x). It's really meant to solve a lot of the Navy's big upcoming issues

  • draft - this can go closer to shore
  • vls capacity - can carry a lot more sm-2s, sm-3s, tomahawks, VLA, etc.
  • smaller crew - the most expensive part of the ship.
  • lower radar cross section

What it won't do is be good for MIO/VBSS because it doesn't look threatening as a bigger ship does.
It actually kind of remindes me of the early iron-clads mixed with the Napoleonic era frigates. Tumblehome, indeed.

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