Heavy "Orlan" against the newfangled "Zumwalt": the Americans compared the power of the two ships


The American edition of The National Interest decided to compare the power of the two ships and find out who would have won of them in a hypothetical one-on-one battle. We are talking about the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser of the project 1144 "Orlan" and the newfangled destroyer of the "Zumwalt" type with URO.


The giant Orlan-class cruisers, which are more than 30 years old, have, albeit outdated, but generally effective weapons and are still capable of performing their main function - to attack the US AUG. But in this case, a one-on-one fight will be considered. The total displacement of such a cruiser is 28 thousand tons, and the American destroyer - 14 thousand tons.

Both ships are on the high seas at the maximum range of their anti-ship weapons and are furiously looking for each other. Ships use helicopters to explore beyond the horizon.

20 huge anti-ship missiles P-700 "Granit" cruisers can fly at a distance of up to 625 km. Maximum speed is Mach 2,5 at altitude and Mach 1,5 at water. The warhead weighs 750 kg (it can be nuclear - up to 550 kilotons).


The Zumwalt is a stealthy ship with the radar signature of a small fishing boat, with a speed of 30 knots. The Orlan's speed is 32 knots.

In such a situation, the Zumwalt will have the upper hand over the majestic, but less secretive cruiser. There is no doubt that the Orlan will be discovered first. At the same time, if he sees an American carrier-based helicopter, he will still not be able to find out the actual location of the destroyer.

"Zumwalt" is equipped with a multifunctional radar AN / SPY-3, which provides it with excellent search performance and can direct the SM-2 missiles. The destroyer has 80 launchers for launching the SM-2 and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, as well as surface-to-surface missiles Tomahawk and ASROS anti-submarine missiles. But the Zumwalt does a poor job of anti-ship warfare. Harpoon missiles do not fit into the launcher, so they must be installed separately on the main deck.


The Orlan is a relic from another era, but it is armed with a generous arsenal of various missiles. 12 S-300F launchers have 96 missiles, and 2 Osa air defense systems have 40 missiles. The ship has solid mine-torpedo, artillery and anti-submarine weapons, as well as three Ka-27PL helicopters.

The publication believes that a hypothetical clash is likely to be a draw. Neither side will be able to target the other and hit accurately. If the Zumwalt is unable to get close enough to the target, and the Orlan fails to detect the American in time, then both ships will interrupt maneuvers, leaving the battle on another day.
  • Photos used: MITSUO SHIBATA / wikimedia.org
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 26 December 2020 14: 51
    +4
    Not everything can be compared with a finger, sometimes it looks indecent.
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 26 December 2020 15: 16
    +1
    As it is indecent in our time to compare the duels of individual ships, this will not happen today because all forces are linked network-centrically and everything is in the "game", that is, in battle ... As for the invisibility of Zumwalt, today there are enough detection means to keep track of the exit from bases and further, because the "eyes" of more than one ship are watching .... Today, the main thing is weapons, ships are only carriers of it, and for sufficient weapons (range, precision), a self-propelled barge with launchers for hundreds of cells will be enough ... And loss barges in no comparison with the loss of Zumwalt ...
    1. alex5450 Offline alex5450
      alex5450 (Alex L) 6 February 2021 14: 20
      -1
      How did you decide that there are enough tracking tools? Who has enough? And what specific sreddtv?
  3. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 26 December 2020 15: 45
    +5
    They only modestly kept silent that these zumwalts are not on the move .... they only compete with the submarine "Zaporozhye".
  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 26 December 2020 16: 02
    +6
    A rare Zumwalt will swim to the place of the duel with Orlan.
    Will break.
  5. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 26 December 2020 16: 57
    +3
    The Zumwalt is a stealthy ship with the radar signature of a small fishing boat,

    Sumvolt most resembles the elusive Joe. He is invisible / elusive because no one is looking for him. he is not needed by anyone, except for the admirals for "cutting the attendants."
  6. It is necessary to update the locator on Orlan.
  7. rusich Offline rusich
    rusich (rusich) 27 December 2020 07: 27
    +1
    And without tugs, Zumwald does not float. I don’t remember a single one of his exits, so I didn’t come back on a tie
  8. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 28 December 2020 05: 33
    +1
    I’m wondering if they themselves are not jarred by such lies? It is not clear why a non-floating vessel was created with a cardboard armor and a missile cruiser capable, with a certain determination of admirals, to send AUG to the bottom in one helmet? What is it like? In a one-on-one fight, stealth will not help him, because the eagle carries (among other things) a full-fledged decimeter station for which all these "invisibles" are in full view. Fucks with Granite from the extreme range, one anti-ship missile per eye for this aluminum can, and mom won't have time to blather. This is not a hurray for patriotism, you really need to approach the assessments.
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  11. al2145133 Offline al2145133
    al2145133 (Alexey Gribalev) 25 January 2021 17: 30
    0
    Zalupvolt cannot swim out of the bay for 10 years