Strike cruiser

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For the fictional Strike-class spaceship from the Star Wars franchise, see List of Star Wars capital ships.
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
  • 16,035 tons (light)
  • 17,284 tons (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)
  • 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:
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.

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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