US Navy Test It’s Hypersonic Missiles on Zumwalt Destroyers

U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt Stealth Destroyers to  Receive Hypersonic Missiles: Earlier this month,   the U.S. Navy announced that its Navy  Strategic Systems Programs had awarded

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,