Hypersonic Weapons in 2025 for US Zumwalt Destroyer

The US Navy will place its first at-sea hypersonic missiles aboard one of the service’s three Zumwalt-class destroyers in four years (by 2025).

These will likely be hypersonic warheads on regular vertically launched missiles. Hypersonic warheads can go faster and can move around more than regular warheads. Hypersonic weapons go at 5 times the speed of sound or faster.

The hypersonics weapons will start on the destroyers and then on Block V Virginia-class submarines.

The Navy has studied using a variant of the all Multiple All-up-round Canisters (MAC) system – developed for the Ohio class, which put seven Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) in the same space of a Trident-II D5 nuclear ballistic missile – to hold the larger C-HGBs.

The Navy is still looking at high energy lasers for defense but they still do not have a firm timetable.

Written by Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com