Zumwalt Guns to be Changed

Zumwalt Guns to be Changed 7 November, 2016

The US Navy may cancel the acquisition of the Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Land-Attack Projectile (LRLAP), designed to be fired from DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyers’ Advanced Gun System (AGS) due to pricing issues. Although the LRLAP and the AGS performed successfully, as the number of acquired Zumwalt class destroyers decrease from 28 to 3, the Navy officials stated that the unit prices of LRLAPs has become unaffordable with its $800,000-cost per round or more. The cancellation decision will be discussed during the Pentagon’s annual budget process, Program Objective Memorandum 2018 (POM18) effort. Reportedly, the US Navy has been looking for an alternative munition, already assessing several rounds, including Excalibur by Raytheon and Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) by BAE Systems, which is currently under development. The Zumwalt class destroyer, which was commissioned on 15 October, will undergo Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) in 2018, most likely using the 2015 budget covering 150 LRLAP rounds and associated items.

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