But the Zumwalts have been in trouble.
Despite its cost, the Zumwalts have been hit by equipment problems. Shortly after its launch in 2016, the USS Zumwalt crashed into the Panama Canal. The second ship of its class, the USS Michael Monsoor, crashed during sea trials the following year.
As noted in a 2018 Military Watch Magazine report, the Zumwalts “suffered from malfunctioning weapons, stalled engines and low performance in their stealth capabilities, among other deficiencies.”
“They have almost completely failed with the role originally planned of multipurpose destroyers, while the scale of the extra costs alone calls into question the viability of the program, even if the destroyers could function as intended.” say the medium.
Zumwalts do not have many vital features, such as anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine torpedoes, and long-range air defense missiles, military expert Sebastian Roblin wrote in a 202-year-old article of national interest. Roblin called the destroyers a “concept ambitious but failed ship “.
And, Roblin pointed out, his armament was not cheap. Shells guided by long-range surface-to-air missiles from the ship cost about $ 800,000 each, about the same price as a cruise missile. The ammunition was eventually canceled, considered too expensive to merit production.
Roblin said the Zumwalt was based on “unrealistic” estimates that were based on a minimum cost, even though it exceeded 50% of the budget.