This is coolbert:
The Great White Whale or the Great White Elephant? DDG 1000 Zumwalt back in the news once more.
From Sputnik and thanks to same.
"The USS Zumwalt stealth destroyer joined the Navy in 2016, but due to budget shifts, it’s never had a working weapons system. However, the final touches on the ship’s conversion into a standard guided missile destroyer will soon be completed."
"The world’s largest destroyer will soon have a working weapons system - four years after being commissioned into the US Navy. A source inside the Zumwalt program told Defense News on Saturday that the final piece of the ship’s new combat system is due to be installed before the month is out."
ADVANCED GUN SYSTEM [AGS] GONE. TOO BAD. ROUNDS THE PRICE $1 MILLION PER SHOT. TOO EXPENSIVE.
AGS to be replaced with Vertical Launch System [VLS]. Missiles rather than naval gunfire.
"Eighty MK57 vertical launch tubes capable of firing a wide array of anti-air, anti-ship and anti-surface missiles." [anti-submarine SUBROC too?]
I would imagine that "mix" of missiles to be task-tailored for the mission. Zumwalt eventually to be equipped with rail-gun electro-magnetic apparatus? Only time will tell.