And you thought you can’t lay a price on the cost of security.
When the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Zumwalt, its brand new $4.4 billion destroyer little did it think that an engineering problem could put the country’s most technology advanced naval vessel out of action.
Although the Navy’s engineers have cleverly concealed its weapons by way of sharp angles, which reduce its radar signature significantly, however, before it could put those fancy features to their test, the USS ZUmwalt was struck down by a non-lethal engineering problem.
In its attempt to join the United States’ Third Fleet in San Diego, the Zumwalt could only make it as far as the Panama Canal.
The timeline for its repairs are still to be determined.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that the Zumwalt faced such engineering hurdles: during a trial run in September, a water leak in the engines prevented it from reaching its destination. With the U.S. Navy’s engineers crossing that hurdle, the Zumwalt faced an issue with its propulsion system during the first month of its commission.
Furthermore, the number of destroyers manufactured is far less than initial estimates which in turn has pushed the price of it projectiles to a skyrocketing $800,000 per round.
30 years in development, delays and cost overruns have plagued the project. Only 3 destroyers have now been built against an initial expectation of a fleet. The total cost of developing the 3 destroyers has been in excess of $22 billion.
Are all such ambitious ships doomed like the Titanic?