Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Future Ship of Research Past

The Navy's next major surface warfare warship is already shaping up:

The Navy’s next large surface combatant will probably look more like the futuristic Zumwalt class of guided-missile destroyers than fleet’s current workhorse class of Arleigh Burke destroyers, the program executive officer said.

Of course it will. I did say that Zumwalt would live on in future ships:

By canceling the ship class, it looks fiscally responsible but it really isn't. It's just accounting, since the next ship built using the exact same technology that by the rules has to be counted against the cost of the ship the research was done for will use Zumwalt technology that is now already paid for. Voila! A cheaper warship.

So here we go. Waste not, want not.