Navy builds DDG 1000 with next-generation precision gun

The U.S. Navy’s DDG 1000 next-generation land-attack destroyer is being engineered with a stealthy, precision strike Advanced Gun System (AGS) that can pinpoint land-targets with GPS precision at ranges up to 63-nautical miles, service and industry officials said at the Sea Air Space Expo at National Harbor, Md.

The AGS consists of a range of elements. It features a stealthily configured gun with an automated magazine. The 155mm munition called the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) has a propellant charge to send the round toward its targets, said Charlie McCullough, director of business development, Land and Armaments, BAE Systems.

In November 2012, BAE Systems received an $80 million modification contract award to add an AGS for the latest in the Zumwalt-class fleet, the DDG 1002.

The LRLAP has both GPS as well as Inertial Measurement Unit guidance systems and is configured to destroy land-based or “fixed” targets, McCullough said. The LRLAP’s strike range greatly exceeds the range of most Navy destroyers existing 5-inch guns, he added.

The LRLAP has performed well thus far in recent tests, McCullough added.

“We did seven tests in the last month. During the tests, you stress the system in flight regimes and in temperature regimes to make sure that it works and that it fits within all the desired parameters,” McCullough said.

Overall, the DDG 1000 is on track with its current development, said Capt. Jim Downey, program manager, DDG 1000. The Zumwalt-class of guided missile destroyers, the DDG 1000 is engineered with two Vertical Launch Systems for missiles and two AGS as well as X-band radar.

The Navy plans to build at least three DDG 1000s and the first two are already on contract, said Chris Johnson, NAVSEA public affairs.

“We’re expecting delivery of our first ship in 2014 and plan for Initial Operating Capability by 2016,” said Downey.

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  • Davis

    AGS on DDG-1000 and lasers on the USS Ponce?! I definitely not complaining but I’m suprised to see in this day in age of budget cuts the Navy seems to be doing really well!

  • Noha307

    The battleship is back b*tch!

  • Tad

    What’s that smell? Hmm, oh yeah, it smells like exaggeration and prevarication stew, with a side of boondoggle.

    Will be extremely surprised if this gun is accurate over those ranges under realistic conditions. Time will tell,…., if this thing is ever actually used in combat.

  • Mystick

    I wish I knew this was going on… I would have went.

  • ohwilleke

    If it works, it works, which is great. But, how exactly is a weapons system that involves a munition with its own propellant and a GPS guidance system a gun rather than a missile?

  • DSGB

    You want long-range firepower There has been a system around Since the 1980s
    It’s call Multi launch rock system (MLRS). Put one of those on LCS,DD,CG or LPD Now that’s long-range firepower. You heard it from me first.

  • Belesari

    AGS fires 7ft rounds. These rounds are in reality missiles. This is Not a gun. Whats more its incapable of firing anything but guided rounds meaning it can’t fire on surface contacts.

    There are other guns capable of doing this job and far better such as the MK-71 8in gun.

    The flaws of the AGS are massive so of course the Navy will take it anyways.

    And I would really like to know why so many post keep getting deleted.

  • Rob C.

    I was disappointed they could make the AVG to work vertically like they wanted too in the first place. Would have kept the ship stealthier…anyways. I’m glad new guns are working, i just wish they had able make them be able his moving targets. (6.1 inch)155mm gun does alot damage, but its not bunker buster like the 16inch guns were. Zulwalt is still a destroyer regardless of its size, has no armor to speak of. Guy in a bomblatent dingy could blow hole in it. If they were able put into production it would give feel you could deploy them without being paranoid losing unique asset.

  • Tony C.

    The DDG-1000 at a glance has many of the features of the old USS Monitor. It looks like most of it is under water and it doesn’t have much armament. The bridge is composite with kevlar armor, with most of the protection specifics is classified. The survivability of the class is definitely placed on the stealth design. The idea being if it can’t be targeted, it can’t be hit. Problem with this approach is that it can still be seen by the optics of a standard gun sight. I’m curious to see what happens during the sea trials. The hull is wave piercing for better stability and I’ll bet it is a wet ride.

    • blight_

      How durable do you think a DDG or FFG is?

      Of course, you can repair steel with welding equipment. Repairing composites will require glue, carbon fiber patches and vacuum seals to compress the epoxy and eliminate air bubbles.

      Personally, I’m curious if they could use reactive armor against anti-ship missiles. I suppose if missiles are impact-detonated…

    • give_me_a_break

      At 3 billion per ship, they will never let this thing within 200 miles of any hostile coast line

  • Sev

    Lets test it on the Norks missile launch sites

  • Dick Lancaster

    Impressive, so long as the barrel is long enough so the muzzle blast doesn’t catch this plastic boat on fire.

  • Andy K

    Thought Zumwalt closed was cancelledafter DDG 1002…did that change? And why not the laser on a DDG instead of a vessel like the Ponce? Will she ever have to shoot in a combat situation? Many questions, are there any answers?

  • d. kellogg

    On the note of the 155mm naval gun system,
    there IS a lighter version of the AGS suitable for Burke-sized hulls.

    Of course, for the money spent over the years trying to develop AGS,
    adoption of the 8″ Mk 71 MCLWG all those years ago would’ve given greater leeway over the years in developing a whole range of generationally-improved gun-fired PGMs: think 203mm Copperhead surrogate and develop from there, up thru a 203mm Excalibur type, even shells equipped with a navalized PGK-type smart fuze.
    But for the end cost the USN will still be paying for production-version LRLAPs,
    adopting the POLAR variant of the MLRS would’ve still been still a wiser choice: it could’ve effectively quad-packed (akin to Sea Sparrow and ESSM) into any USN ship equipped with Mk41 VLS cells, thus not requiring a purpose-built hull like the Zumwalt.

  • Austin R. Davis

    what about the navy’s plannes for the new railgun syestem i think that has more promise than this