Rigs wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 14:10:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 13:59:
4. Rebuilding the military. We already have the largest most powerful military in the world. I'm hoping he means to change weapons procurement methodologies so we don't end up with over-expensive, troubled weapons systems like the F-35 or Zumwalt.
Whoa, whoa, whoa...I know the F-35 was a money sink (err, blackhole?) but what was wrong with the Zumwalt destroyers? That's a new one for me, I was under the impression the R+D for it was actually underbudget. Was I hallucinating? (which, given the last couple weeks, is definitely a possibility )
The Zumwalt (DDG 1000) ended up costing so much that the USN decided to cut the order from 20 ships down to 3. Three. As a result, the per ship cost has swelled to $7.5B per ship, an exorbitant amount. Also, the expensive shells fired from the Zumwalt guns have swollen to $800,000 each due to the small amount purchased after the number of ships was cut down to three. $800K is an outrageous amount given that typical shells usually cost hundreds of dollars.
Overall, the Zumwalt is an underpowered, poorly thought out, expensive warship
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