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Captain James Kirk commands the USS Zumwalt

Captain James Kirk commands the USS Zumwalt.

Much of the ship is built on angles that help make it 50 times harder to spot on radar than an ordinary destroyer.

Sailors operate keds with “trackballs and specialized button panels,” Gallagher reported. Operators have an option to interface by using touchscreens…

In its current configuration, the Zumwalt will carry a considerable arsenal of weapons, including two Advanced Gun Systems (AGS), which can fire rocket-powered, computer-guided shells that can destroy targets 63 miles away. That’s three times farther than ordinary destroyer guns can fire.

But one day it could be fitted with advanced weapons systems that are currently experimental, including a laser weapon and an electromagnetic railgun.

Electromagnetic railguns don’t need to fool around with needless explosive warheads or propellants. These fearsome weapons inflict damage by sheer speed. The gun uses electromagnetic force to blast a missile 125 miles at 7.5 times the speed of sound, according to the Navy.

The laser weapon — which could be fired by one sailor on a video game-like console — is designed to take on aircraft or small surface vessels.


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