The United States plans to equip all Burke class destroyers with hypersonic missiles

 The United States plans to equip all Burke class destroyers with hypersonic missiles

According to the report, more than 50 aliburke class destroyers have been in service, and more follow-up ships are also under construction. According to the current development progress of hypersonic weapons in the United States, this may be an extremely expensive and time-consuming task.

Missiles launched by US Navys Albuquerque class destroyer

Defense news first reported OBriens remarks, which he made during his visit to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine on October 21. Currently, there are 58 aliburke class destroyers in service in the US Navy, including flighti, flightii and flightiia, as well as flightiii under construction. The U.S. Navys conventional rapid strike program will provide hypersonic missile capabilities to intercept dangerous targets at greater distances, OBrien said in his speech This capability will first be deployed on the latest Virginia class nuclear submarines and the jumwalt class destroyers. In the end, all three versions of the Albuquerque class destroyers will also have this capability.

The conventional fast attack hypersonic missile, which is still under development, is jointly developed by the U.S. Navy and the army. This weapon uses a rocket booster similar to a ballistic missile to launch an unpowered hypersonic glider, known as the universal hypersonic glider (c-hgb). After reaching the predetermined speed, c-hgb will glide to the target at hypersonic speed in the atmosphere.

Universal hypersonic glider (c-hgb) warhead demonstrated by US Army

Compared with the traditional ballistic missile, the flight trajectory of the universal hypersonic glider is more difficult to predict and detect than the traditional ballistic missile. Last week, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the c-hgb showed high accuracy in the test, hitting the target with less than 6 inches of error. The Pentagon has previously said that the hypersonic glider can reach a maximum speed of Mach 17 and can strike targets hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

The report also mentioned that OBriens intention was to increase the attack capability of hypersonic weapons for the Albuquerque class destroyer, rather than integrating rapid strike missiles into the ship. It is not clear what the maximum speed of the standard-6 blockib missile being developed, and whether the top secret Hailong missile can reach hypersonic speed is unclear.

Another problem is that if OBrien is talking about the missiles of the conventional rapid strike program, it is not clear at present that the feasibility of retrofitting the Albuquerque class destroyer will be clear. Because the existing MK-41 vertical weapon launching unit on the arliburg class destroyer can not hold this missile at all. The maximum size of the missile that can be installed into this weapon unit is 21 inches, while the size of the known conventional rapid attack program missile is 34.5 inches. The MK-41 vertical launch unit is designed to carry missiles up to 20 feet in length. Although the length of the hypersonic missile being developed is not clear, the US military has previously said that the container containing the weapon will be the same length as the 40 foot m870 transport vehicle.

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