Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer

The Arleigh Burke Class is a series of 62 destroyers in service with the US Navy, with the first one of the class being the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke, which was launched in December 1988. They are armed with BGM-109 Tomahawk cruiser missiles, for land attack and provide fire support to ground troops, and RIM-66M and RIM-162 medium range surface-to-air missiles, which provide a protective umbrella to the surface fleet. Some of these destroyers, such as the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75), are also equipped with RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. They are launched through a series of 90 vertical cells. On the fore deck, the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer has a Mark-45 127mm (5 in) automatic gun.

Being an important warship of every US Navy’s fleet, the Arleigh Burke Class destroyer has been deployed in every Ocean of the world, specially in the Indean Ocean and the Persian Gulf. It participated of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003), Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (2002-4), and the late US and European attack on ISIS terrorist group positions in Iraq. In order to carry out its missions, the destroyer is fitted with AN/SPY 1D 2D radar, AN/SPS 67 surface search radar, AN/SQS sonar array, etc.


Length: 154 m

Beam: 20 m

Draft: 9.3 m

Displacement: 8,000 tons

Speed: 30 knots

Crew: 300

Power plant

4 General Electric LM2500-30 steam turbines, with 2 shaft, generating 27,000 hp; 3 Allison AG9140 generators.



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