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This New $7 Billion Warship Is Part Of The US Response To China's Military Buildup

•, Robert Johnson
 Looking a bit like an old Civil War Ironclad, the $7 billion DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt will focus on land attacks, relying heavily on its advanced stealth technology to slip in close to shore before unleashing its massive onboard arsenal.

Originally estimated to cost about $3.8 billion, the Zumwalt has so much technology crammed on board that its cost has nearly doubled, and after the first three are built, production will stop.

In addition the Zumwalt will be built to receive the Navy's new electromagnetic rail-gun that can fire projectiles at over five times the speed of sound.

Defense analyst Jay Korman says "They were looking to introduce so many new technologies at once, and the cost ballooned." Korman works with the Avascent Group concluded, "I don't think people have changed their minds that it's a capable ship. It's just too expensive."

Bath Iron Works in Maine, where the ship is being crafted, had to buy a new $40 million dollar building just to be able to assemble the huge ship. Despite its size, the new destroyer will only require half the crew of a traditional ship, due to the extensive onboard automation.

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Comment by David McElroy
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Looks like another navy boondoggle designed to funnel huge amounts of money into some people's pockets rather than construct successful warships. Of course, I am opposed to the imperial industrial/military complex and its' doctrine of perpetual war. Think of all the good non-threatening things that money could be spent on meeting serious needs for restoring infrastructure, industry, and humanitarian concerns. A paranoid and dying regime that has surrounded itself with enemies within and without by deceiving, robbing, and killing everyone will squander a nation's resources building military might, vast police forces, and ever more prisons. Uncle Sam is a psychopath worthy of the guillotine!

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