NI: Is Zumwalt “invisible”?


The National Interest discusses technological the capabilities of the new Zumwalt destroyers, namely, are they “invisible” to radars, and if so, why?


Captain Kevin Smith, program manager for the Zumwalt class ships, said that three such ships are currently in operation. Thanks to the use of technologies used on stealth ships, these destroyers, according to experts, can be displayed on fishing boats as fishing boats.

The appearance of these ships differs markedly from the others in the absence of protruding elements and contours, as well as a smaller number of ribs. The pointed edges of Zumwalt and the use of special quiet power plants allow them to remain elusive to sonars.

Another feature of the invisible destroyer is the embeddedness of its sensors, antennas and other structures in the exterior of the ship, which makes it in this sense similar to F-22 stealth fighters.


Smith also mentioned that a laser gun can be installed on the destroyer, effective not only in terms of its combat use, but also in terms of silent operation and “invisibility” for radar installations. According to experts, the Zumwalt destroyers are not completely “invisible,” but to some extent they can confuse the enemy’s detection system.
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  2. orange Offline orange
    orange (ororpore) 4 May 2020 13: 22
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    The shipbuilders of 19th century battleships and monitors had no idea that their creations would be copied in the 21st! That's evolution!
  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 May 2020 13: 56
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    This is something for the completely ignorant.
    In addition to Zumwalt, stealth ships are building ... EVERYTHING. Including us.
  4. AICO Offline AICO
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 4 May 2020 15: 02
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    Invisible, inaudible, and generally very shy - still afraid to get out of the dock without a tuple, so much talk about it - suddenly you mess up, scary! Iron is overgrown!
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 5 May 2020 09: 54
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      Invisible, inaudible, and generally very shy

      It’s a bit like the T-14, it’s also only on Red Square, and also because of its feature, which has no analogues in the world of technological advancement.
      Interestingly, if we compare these devices on a percentage basis, which one ate the most money at the design stage, as well as the presence of imported components in the systems.
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  6. Sergey-54 Offline Sergey-54
    Sergey-54 (Sergei) 17 June 2020 21: 23
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    Who flashed there in the ocean, this is the elusive Zumwalt. Nobody sees him. No, he doesn’t need anyone. Is that to Belarus to swim.