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Warrior Maven Video Above: How Might Stealthy Zumwalt-class Destroyers Change Ocean War?

By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

The Navy's stealthy USS Zumwalt destroy is preparing to fire its first missile as part of an effort to prepare the ships radar, weapons and tracking system for operational service and deployment.

Navy materials from the recent Surface Navy Association Symposium, briefed by Zumwalt program manager Capt. Kevin Smith, explained that live-fire missile tests will fire from a specially configured Self Defense Test Ship; this is a vessel constructed for the specific purpose of testing sensors, weapons and other ship system. The entire ship-integrated weapons system is called the Zumwalt Combat System.

So far, the test ship has already conducted several "tracking" exercises against threat-representative targets, Capt. Smith explained at SNA.

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Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has a Masters in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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