From: freebeacon.com, by Natalie Johnson, Nov 7, 2016
The U.S. Navy is slated to cancel the projectiles for the two big guns that outfit its newest and most advanced warship due to excessive costs that total an estimated $800,000 per round.
The Long Range Land-Attack Projectile, or LRLAP, is the only guided precision ammunition designed to be fired by the USS Zumwalt, a land-attack destroyer that was created to hold two 155 millimeter/62-caliber Advanced Gun Systems that could, according to defense contractor Lockheed Martin, “defeat targets in the urban canyons of coastal cities with minimal collateral damage,” Defense News reported.
The announcement comes just two weeks after the U.S. Navy commissioned the warship.
A Navy official familiar with the program said that the LRLAP’s unit price skyrocketed after the number of Zumwalt class destroyers was cut from 28 to three.
“We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” a U.S. Navy official familiar with the program told Defense News. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.”
The official said no significant performance issues were to blame for the cancellation of the projectiles.
“We don’t have an issue with the gun, and no issue with that ship carrying the gun. We have an issue on the price point,” the official said. “The round was working, the way forward was logical. It’s just that the cost with a three-ship buy became a very high cost.”
The U.S. Navy has not yet publicly confirmed the cancellation of the LRLAP.
And Washington, D.C. wonders why taxpayers think that we’ve got lunatics in charge there. I’m just an old businessman who understands a budget and volume purchasing, but I’m curious to know how spending about $4 billion dollars apiece for three REALLY BIG paperweights will improve our military preparedness. Without ammunition, that’s what we’re buying; a stealthy, fast destroyer without usable guns. For what purpose? So, now what will our political/military brain trust propose that we do, retrofit these state-of-the-art ships with some old obsolete gun system? And, more importantly, what would that retrofit cost?
Was it REALLY necessary to cut the number of Zumwalt destroyers from 28 down to 3? It’s not as if our current Navy is overloaded with ships and we’re sorely in need of a new destroyer. Didn’t anyone ever consider the seriousness of that drastic cut? It’s no wonder that American citizens have lost confidence in our “leadership.”
I guess the concept was to reduce the number of new destroyers so Obama and/or Hillary could welcome more new Syrian Muslims or more South American illegals into the country and provide housing, food, and education to pay them for their democrat votes.
We didn’t REALLY need more instruments of war anyway [extreme sarcasm].