You’d expect the nation’s top weapons tester to be a stickler about testing. But there’s “rigorous testing” and then there’s “let’s shoot cruise missiles at you and see what happens.”
It’s not that the Navy is wimpy about testing. The service conducts “full-ship shock trials” like the USS Roosevelt test pictured above, where it sets off a huge explosion next to a ship with a test crew aboard, as in this video of the destroyer USS Winston Churchill:
Building a full up AMDR test ship would be terribly expensive. But there really isn’t any other way to test. Sooner or later, I suspect we’ll see a converted merchant hull with one panel of the AMDR, and a slimmed down weapon suite.