What happens if the US Navy destroyer Zumwalt meets the far from new Russian Kirov-class cruiser on the high seas? Military observer Kyle Mizokami gave a definite answer, and he is unlikely to be liked by the military from the United States.
Mizokami shared his thoughts on the pages of The National Interest. He noted that the Kirov-class battlecruisers are already almost 30 years old. Their weapons are outdated, but still quite effective. The main thing is that the ships are capable of attacking aircraft carriers and other large enemy ships.
The observer notes the colossal capabilities of the Kirov air defense system, the solid dimensions, which are comparable to the German battleship Bismarck, and the impressive armament. The cruiser has 20 Granit anti-ship missiles, whose flight range is almost half a thousand kilometers at a speed of Mach 2.5. There are 96 S-300F air defense systems, 192 PR95 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as short-range weapons for the second defense zone and the melee system.
American Zumwalt can oppose this with 155 mm gun systems. The firing range is up to 133 kilometers, the speed is one shot every six seconds. The destroyer has 80 vertical silos for launching various missiles: ASROC anti-submarine missiles, Tomahawk ground attack missiles, as well as SM-2, Evolved Sea Sparrow.
If on the high seas a Russian cruiser is against a US destroyer, then the outcome of the battle is not at all obvious, the author believes. Zumwalt has stealth technology, so it won’t be easy to spot. “Kirov” from helicopters will be noticed earlier. However, this ship moves faster, which means it is difficult to get into it. The fact is that the Zumwalt projectile will cover the distance in a couple of minutes, but during this time the cruiser will noticeably move.
“The end result of this scenario is a draw. Neither side can accurately aim at the other,” the expert concluded.
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