The US Navy’s next generation of warships will fire hypersonic missiles and shoot down enemy weapons with super-strength lasers, ambitious new plans have revealed.
The new DDG(X) – expected to begin construction by 2028 – will be the largest war vessel the Navy has attempted to build in more than 20 years.
The project hopes to attach two sets of 600kw lasers – 10 times more powerful than any laser the service currently holds – to the rear of the ship, as well as another 120kw laser towards the front, alongside 12 missile launch cells.
It is hoped that once the ships are complete, the missile launch pad can be stocked with Pentagon’s emerging hypersonic missiles being developed for the Navy, Army and the Air Force.
It comes amid a global arms race between the world’s major military powers – in particular the US, China, Russia and North Korea – to develop the missiles, deemed the ‘new generation’ of sophisticated weaponry.
Hypersonic missiles usually fly towards targets at lower…