"USS Zumwalt is second to none with regard to size and displacement," he said. "But as it turns out the warship is only lethal on the surface. When it comes to its combat duties, no one knows whether it will be able to fire. In any case those who designed this sea 'whangdoodle' have clearly missed the target."
A single round of the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), designed for Zumwalt's Advanced Gun System, is said to cost at least 800,000.
In other words, "the 155-millimeter gun system will most likely be kept just for show and grandeur," Sheinkman noted. "In any case, the ship will not be able to put fear in the hearts of its enemies since it is sort of invisible."
The warship itself has cost a whopping $7.5 billion, with total program costs exceeding $22.5 billion.
For its part, the Zumwalt-class of destroyers will comprise three ships instead of the initially planned 32. Skyrocketing costs are one of the reasons behind these cuts. Incidentally, the cuts themselves were precisely what has caused the LRLAP to cost so much.
In 2001, Lockheed Martin, the contractor responsible for developing the rounds for Zumwalt's cutting-edge gun system, estimated that LRLAP's cost would not exceed $50,000.