The US Navy has announced the goal of building 20-40 Flight IV BUrkes starting in the late 2020s. This is a proposal of my own. I scratch built it by combinging two Flight IIA 1/350 scale models to make the ship about 50-70 feet longs and 10-15 feet wider.
I have placed a number of enhancements on the Flight IV to ensure that US Navy supremacy is maintained with the continuation of the Burke AEGIS destroyers which is the largest and most effective class of destroyers built by the US Navy since World War II. The advances could and should be added to this destroyer which would allow them not only to advance the Burke design, but would allow them to replace the Ticonderoga cruiser as a significantly cheaper rate. Why? Because this ship will be 75+% the same as the Burke Flight III destroyers allowing for easier and cheaper building and maintenance, and will have certain levels of automation which will allow them to reduce by 10-15% the number of crew required, which over a life span of 35-40 years will make for a significant overall reduction. Now for the advancements.
1 - This vessel will be 15 meters longer and 5 meters wider than the existing Burke class, with all steel strengthening.
2 - This vessel will displace over 15,300 tons.
3 - This vessel will mount 140 Mk-41 VLS vertical launch missile for AEGIS weaponry (anti-air ground, ship, etc.)
4 - This vessel will mount 80 PVLS Mk-55 VLS vertical launch missiles for AEGIS weaponry (anti-air ground, ship, etc.)
5 - That's a total of 220 VLS cells, and would include a least 20 quad launched VLS for 80 mid range ESSMs.
6 - This vessel will carry a dual band radar with larger EPARS than the Flight III Bukre and proper sized 2nd radar.
7 - This vessels will carry a main gun of one (1) 130mm Rail gun with accurate ranging out to 150 miles.
8 - This vessel will also carry two Laser Weapon Systems (LAWS) for CIWS with range out to 10 miles anti-air defense.
9 - This vessel will carry twp 40mm rail guns for CIWS out to 10 miles for anti-air defense.
10- This vessel will carry two SEA-RAM CIWS systems for anti-air defence out to 15-20 miles.
11- This vessel will mount four SDEMPG (Ship Defense Electro Magnetic Puls Generators ranging 12-15 miles.
12- This ship will carry two small reactors to provide electrical power to its weapons and its all electric system.
13- This ship will be able, as needed and available, to utilize power from the reactors to augment its propulsion.
14- This vessel will contain a task force command deck for carrier, amphibious or other task force defence coord.
14- These vessels could start being built in the late 2020s to early 2030s.
The US Navy and Lockheed Martin have helped the Koreans build the Se Jong KDX-III vessels, which are similar in size to these vessels, although still a little smaller and not having the advanced weaponry. But the Se Jong class of six vessels are a larger Burke with 148 missiles, but lacking the additional length to fit the additional 64 cell Mk-41 VLS.
They displace just under 12,000 tons.
Such a development as this would provide the opportunity for having two of these vessels in every Carrier and Amphibious Battle Group, as well as two Burke Flight IIAs, and two of the new FFGX that are being developed now, significantly strengthening the defense and offensive capability of each of those groups. Look at this JPG of the ship to see the location of these various weapons, SDEPMG, and DBR.
Here is a jpg showing the location of most of the enhancements.