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Navy called USS Zumwalt a warship Batman would drive. But at $800,000 per round, its ammo is too pricey to fire

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 7:58
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Hey, there goes the equivalent of 25 state college educations. I hope sure it hits its target!


(From The Washington Post)

The tests of the weapon showed promise. But, just a few weeks after the Zumwalt’s commissioning ceremony, it became apparent there was a problem with LRLAP: the $800,000 price tag on a single shot of the GPS-guided, rocket-propelled ammunition.

“We were going to buy thousands of these rounds,” said an unnamed Navy official to Defense News on Sunday. “But quantities of ships killed the affordable round.” Fully stocked, the ship would carry 600 rounds of LRLAP ammunition.

Lockheed Martin initially estimated that the projectiles would cost about $50,000 each. As Ars Technicanoted, the current $800,000 price tag is closer to that of a $1 million-per-shot Tomahawk cruise missile, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and traveling more than 1,000 miles. The LRLAP costs an order of magnitude more than other GPS- or laser-guided rounds, and far more than the shells fired by standard 5-inch artillery guns.

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