Arleigh Burke-class destroyer facts for kids
USS Arleigh Burke in the Chesapeake Bay in 2013
Quick facts for kidsClass overview
|Name:||Arleigh Burke class|
|Operators:||United States Navy|
|Succeeded by:||Zumwalt class|
|Cost:||US$1.843 billion per ship (DDG 114–116, FY2011/12)|
|Planned:||89 as of April 2020|
|Type:||Guided missile destroyer|
|Beam:||66 ft (20 m)|
|Draft:||30.5 ft (9.3 m)|
|Installed power:||3 × Allison AG9140 Generators (2,500 kW (3,400 hp) each, 440 V)|
|Speed:||In excess of 30 kn (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Range:||4,400 nmi (8,100 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Boats and landing
|2 × rigid hull inflatable boats|
The Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers (DDGs) is a United States Navy class of destroyer built around the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction passive electronically scanned array radar. The class is named for Admiral Arleigh Burke, an American destroyer officer in World War II, and later Chief of Naval Operations. The lead ship, USS Arleigh Burke, was commissioned during Admiral Burke's lifetime.
These warships were designed as multimission destroyers, able to fulfill the strategic land strike role with Tomahawk missiles; antiaircraft warfare (AAW) role with powerful Aegis radar and surface-to-air missiles; antisubmarine warfare (ASW) with towed sonar array, anti-submarine rockets, and ASW helicopter; and antisurface warfare (ASuW) with Harpoon missile launcher. With upgrades to their AN/SPY-1 phased radar systems and their associated missile payloads as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, the ships of this class have also begun to demonstrate some promise as mobile antiballistic missile and anti-satellite weaponry platforms, operating on 15 ships as of March 2009. Some versions of the class no longer have the towed sonar, or Harpoon missile launcher. Their hull and superstructure were designed to have a reduced radar cross-section.
The first ship of the class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, USS Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke-class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers, until the Zumwalt class became active in 2016. The Arleigh Burke class has the longest production run for any post-World War II U.S. Navy surface combatant. Besides the 62 vessels of this class (comprising 21 of Flight I, 7 of Flight II and 34 of Flight IIA) in service by 2016, up to a further 42 (of Flight III) have been envisioned.
With an overall length of 505 to 509.5 feet (153.9 to 155.3 m), displacement ranging from 8,230 to 9,700 tons, and weaponry including over 90 missiles, the Arleigh Burke class are larger and more heavily armed than most previous ships classified as guided missile cruisers.
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