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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Next Gen U.S. Destroyers Already Questioned

[DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyer]Questions over cost and risk are already threatening the U.S. Navy’s Flight III version of the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyer fleet while the program is still in the service’s developmental womb.

Military analysts for a host of government watchdog agencies such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have questioned the Navy’s Flight III plans for some time, but it is the GAO review released earlier this year that highlights newly emerging cost and schedule risks.

One big worry is the Flight III ship design’s ability to handle the proposed Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR)— the cornerstone for the ballistic missile defense (BMD) strategy for the nation and the Navy—given the Burke hull’s lack of room for additional equipment.

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