US Navy Test It’s Hypersonic Missiles on Zumwalt Destroyers
a $22.8 million contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems to integrate hypersonic weapons aboard the three Zumwalt-class destroyers. The defense contractor will provide missile production
long-lead materials, program management, and system engineering for the Navy Conventional Prompt Strike Weapon System Platform-Specific Development and Production project.
In addition, the two massive 155mm Advanced Gun Systems aboard the trio of destroyers – which include the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), and the USS Lyndon B.
Johnson (DDG 1002) – will be completely removed. This will supersede a former plan that had called for leaving the AGS in place. It will require significant modification to the three destroyers.
“We are removing the guns, the upper and lower gun rooms. That includes the loading system, the transfer carts, the ammo, etc.,” Capt. Matthew Schroeder,