Strike cruiser

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CSGN-1976.JPG
Artist conception of Mark I variant (1976 version)
Class overview
Name: Nuclear-powered guided missile strike cruiser (CSGN)
Builders: Never built
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Virginia class
Succeeded by: Ticonderoga class
Cost: $1.371 billion USD - lead ship (est.)
Planned: 8 - 12
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile cruiser
Displacement:
  • 16,035 long tons (16,292 t) (light)
  • 17,284 long tons (17,561 t)(full load)
Length: 709 ft 7 in (216.28 m)
Beam: 76 ft 5 in (23.29 m)
Draft: 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 pressurized water D2G General Electric nuclear reactors, two shafts, 60,000 shp (45 MW)
  • 2 × 2,000 kW (2,700 hp) diesel generators
  • 6 × ship service turbo generators
Speed: 30 knots (56 km/h)+
Range: unlimited
Complement: 454 (total)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 2 x SH-2F LAMPS I helicopters

A strike cruiser (proposed hull designator: CSGN) was a proposal from DARPA for a class of cruisers in the late 1970s. The proposal was for the Strike Cruiser to be a guided missile attack cruiser with a displacement of around 17,200 long tons (17,500 t), armed and equipped with the Aegis combat system, the SM-2, Harpoon anti-ship missile, the Tomahawk missile, and the Mk71 8-inch gun.

A prototype strike cruiser was to be the refurbished USS Long Beach; at a cost of roughly $800 million, however this never came to pass.

The 17,000 ton strike cruiser design.
Line drawing of the strike cruiser.

Originally, eight to twelve strike cruisers were projected. The class would have been complemented by the Aegis-equipped fleet defense (DDG-47) version of the Spruance-class destroyers. Plagued with design difficulties and escalating cost the project was canceled in the closing days of the Ford administration.[1] After the cancellation of the class, the Aegis destroyers were expanded into the Ticonderoga class (CG-47) Aegis cruiser program.

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  1. ^ Friedman, Norman (1984). U.S. CRUISERS An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. pp. 419–422.

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