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 (washingtonpost.com)
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.