US Navy Wants to Upgrade Troubled Zumwalt Destroyers As Soon As Possible

The problematic Zumwalt-class destroyers are slated for both short-term and long-term modifications by the US Navy.

On its troublesome Zumwalt-class destroyers, the US Navy intends to start a programme of immediate and long-term improvements.

Congress has been scrutinising the ship because of a number of incidents even though it has only recently finished its first operational voyage.

Congress is probing the cost overruns for the destroyer, which reportedly led the navy to cut the class size from 32 to three.

The precision-guided artillery projectile from the Zumwalt has also come under fire due to its high cost.

The destroyer would go through a number of modifications as part of the Zumwalt Enterprise Upgrade Solution (ZEUS) programme to make it more resemble other US Navy vessels.

The vessel’s surface electronic warfare, undersea warfare combat system, and capability that effectively transmits information between the radars and fire control systems of the ship would all be upgraded.

Possibile issues

The ZEUS programme will work to improve the topside design of the Zumwalt as well as combat systems.

Additionally, Raytheon Technologies’ SPY-6 (v)3 radar might take the place of its SPY-3 radar.

The US Navy has asked the military sector for information and is now awaiting a response.

However, Congressional opposition to the ZEUS programme is imminent.

Given that the Zumwalt-class destroyer has already undergone several pricey modifications, additional changes will likely be subject to increased scrutiny from lawmakers.

The estimated cost of the new upgrades has not been disclosed by the navy.

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