posted on Nov, 7 2016 @ 09:38 PM
The Navy has been getting a reputation lately for being murder on new programs, and screwing up both acquisitions and designs. So here we go again.
The USS Zumwalt was commissioned during Fleet Week in Baltimore recently. The Navy selected the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) for the
Advanced Gun System as the main armament for the ships. It's the only projectile that can be used with the gun. LRLAP is a 155mm, precision guided
munition capable of ranges up to 80 miles. Each Zumwalt will carry two AGS units.
However, the Navy currently has no ammunition for the guns, and appears to be in the process of canceling the LRLAP program. There is no money for
ammunition purchases in either the 2016 or 2017 budget, and it's expected to be canceled formally in 2018.
The system and the gun both have a good reputation, but the rounds currently stand at $800,000 a round, which is probably low considering numbers
won't go very high with only three ships.