Chinese navy launches new indigenous destroyer

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 29, 2017

China's increasingly powerful navy launched its most advanced domestically produced destroyer on Wednesday, at a time of rising competition with other naval powers such as the United States, Japan and India.

Previously, the People's Liberation Army Navy's most advanced destroyer was the type 052D, a 7,500-tonne vessel.

China claims nearly all the South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and has been building up military facilities like runways on the islands it controls. The ship is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The PLA Daily called the ship "a symbol of the Chinese navy's strategic transformation".

The giant cruiser, so far known only as Type 005, will reportedly combine almost 120 missiles, making it one of the most heavily-armed ships in the world.

The new destroyer is seen as another landmark after April's launch of the domestically built aircraft carrier.

The new destroyer will be similar in size to the 8,000-10,000 tonne Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the main type now in use with the US Navy, reported South China Morning Post. The 10,000-tonne vessel is reported to be among the largest warships in the world.

The yet-to-be-officially-named destroyer is believed to be a crucial addition to China's navy and its future aircraft carrier strike group.

China's current Type 052 destroyers carry only 64 missiles, analysts have said. The Type 055 also features stealth characteristics, including a small radar cross section and low noise, infrared and electromagnetic radiation.

The new 10,000-ton destroyer is similar in size but not necessarily capabilities as the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers. It did not give further details but said the vessel "marks a milestone in improving the nation's Navy armament system and building a strong and modern Navy". The latest induction outnumbers the Indian destroyer Vishakhapatnam, still to be commissioned, and will contain 50 missiles where its Chinese counterpart may carry up to 120 missiles.

The Type 055 will undergo "equipment debugging" as it prepares to join the fleet, Chinese government websites said, without giving a target date.

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