The US Congress responded to the request of the US Navy to allocate additional money in 2018 for the creation, repair and design of the three stealth destroyers of the Zumwalt project. These futuristic-looking ships were designed primarily for combat operations in the seas of potential adversaries of the US: Russia and China. Congress, however, found that the military had already exceeded the limit of a couple of billion, so instead of $ 224 million approved only $ 164 million in the creation of “destroyers of the future” vbuhali about $ 13 billion, but the first ship has already broken in the Panama Canal.
In the early nineties, the US government decided to upgrade the “park” of its warships to outrun potential enemies – Russia and China. Huge hopes were placed on destroyers-these fast and relatively small ships carry powerful weapons and are capable of causing many problems in combat. Especially the American military liked the project of destroyers of the type “Zamvolt”, similar to the imperial cruiser from the “Star Wars”. The idea took shape in the project only in 2008, but a year later the navy received the first billion for construction.
However, the first practical tests showed a lot of problems associated with ship stability and engine design. Because of atypical forms, there was a great risk of overturning when rolling. And the electric motor, which was made in such a way to reduce noise, in 2016 simply stalled in the Panama Canal. Plus, huge amounts of money went to the development of the railgun gun. But so far there are no technologies in the world to achieve sufficient effectiveness of such weapons. The cannon was never developed and, while research is in progress, was replaced with conventional shipborne artillery weapons.
Seeing that the project does not quite meet expectations, the US has sharply curtailed its plans for “Zamvoltov.” If in 2009 they were going to produce 30 such destroyers before the 2030s, then in 2010 they changed their mind and stopped only for three.
Source: Maritime News of Russia