New guided-missile destroyers being outfitted in Dalian
By Deng Xiaoci Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/15 22:53:39
Outfitting work is being conducted on China’s new 052D guided-missile destroyers in Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province.
The 052D destroyer, which is equipped with phased array radar and vertical launching system, is China’s most advanced guided-missile destroyer. There are five 052D destroyers already in active service while another six are undergoing outfitting and several are under construction, read a Sina Weibo Post by the China National Radio (CNR) Military Program on Sunday.
“The 052D, a 7,000-ton-destroyer with 64 launch units, is designed for tasks including anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and anti-warship defense, while it does not and should not be required to have ground attack capability, which should be carried out by bigger destroyers, the coming 055,” Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the PLA Rocket Force, told the Global Times on Monday.
Equipped with 112 launch units, the 055 destroyer will greatly enhance PLA Navy’s combat capability in the open sea, and ground attack capability, as its higher tonnage will enable it to be more versatile, Song noted, adding that Chinese destroyers have seen a rapid development, but they still lack real combat experience.
China should not compare its destroyer development with that of Japan, as the latter does not have the ability to produce its Aegis class destroyers independently and they are purchased from the US, but China has domestic production capability.
While admitting that there is a gap in terms of basic industrial strength between China and the US, Song noted that the US destroyers are not perfect as many US destroyers including the two sold to Japan are not equipped with active electronically scanned array (AESA).
Chinese destroyers are equipped with AESA, and the 052D and 055 destroyers are starting to include a variety of missiles serving different combat purposes in their vertical launching system, surpassing the US system, Song said.
Original post globaltimes.cn
China will deploy larger Type 055 destroyers in 2018
China has a new larger Type 055 destroyer. I has an estimated displacement of 12,000 tons and and overall length of 180 meters. The latest USA Arleigh Burke Flight IIA weighs in at 9,200 tons, with an overall length of 155 meters. The proposed Flight III upgrade adds an estimated 600 tons displacement without any changes to LOA or beam dimensions.
Initial cost estimates for the first of the four planned Type 055 DDGs is in excess of $5 billion Yuan ($750 million USD). The GOA reported in 2016, that the per-unit cost of an Arleigh Burke Flight IIA is approximately $1.19 billion USD.
The Eastpendulum site has satellite imagery from November 2016. It seems to show a third Type 055 Destroyer is being built at Dalian shipyard in Northern China. The first two hulls are currently under construction at Jiangnan Changxing naval shipyard new Shanghai. Type 055 is the next generation class of Guided-Missile Destroyer (DDG) for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy).
The first vessel is likely to be launched in early 2017 while delivery to the PLAN (navy) should not happen until 2018 at the earliest.
The chinese navy is still building the current Type 052D destroyer which is half the size. Both Dalian and Jiangnan naval shipyards are showing several under construction. This is a sign that the Type 055 will not replace the role of Type 052D: The Chinese navy will acquire and operate destroyers of both types displacing 6,000 and 12,000 tons. Sources indicate that Type 052D and Type 055 seem to share a great deal of systems, such as phased array radars, vertical launch systems, main gun, CIWS, as well as possibly the hull mounted and towed sonars. Source nextbigfuture.com
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