Watch VIDEO: Navy Capt. Talks Laser Weapons for Stealthy Destroyer- USS Zumwalt

USS Zumwalt Program Manager Capt. Smith Explains "Laser Weapons"

WATCH HERE - Warrior Maven Video: USS Zumwalt Program Manager Capt. Smith Explains "Laser Weapons" and new "Lethality" for the new Stealthy Destroyer. How is the warship changing? Hear from Navy. Capt. ABOVE

By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

Eluding radar, quietly sailing into enemy territory and launching long-range precision attacks from less-detectable positions all begin to paint the picture of how “stealthy” offensive surface destroyers could transform modern maritime warfare.

Can a massive surface destroyer, armed with Tomahawk missiles, deck-mounted guns, sensors, antennas and heat-generating onboard electrical power, truly be considered stealthy? Surely, tall, vertical masts, hull-mounted sensors and protruding antenna could never be a low-observable ship, yet performing these missions comprised the technical starting point from which engineers launched into building a first-of-its-kind stealth warship.

Stealth attributes are just one of a number of defining characteristics of the much-discussed Zumwalt class warships, perceived by many to represent the beginning of a transformational pivot into a new generation of warfare -- including laser weapons, artificial intelligence, expanded networking, advanced sonar and electric-drive.

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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