China launches two Type 055 destroyers
- July 5, 2018
China launched Two more Type 055 guided-missile destroyers on Tuesday .
China has now launched four Type 055 vessels; the first in June last year. They have yet to begin sea trials.
Type 055 is China’s newest generation of guided-missile destroyers. It has a displacement greater than 13,000 metric tons and will be equipped with new types of air defense, missile defense and anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, according to the Navy.
It has 112 vertical launching cells that can fire various kinds of missiles, including China’s long-range land-attack cruise missile. Its firepower is thought to be twice that of the Type 052D, the largest and most powerful surface combatant commissioned in the PLA Navy.
With advanced active phased array radar system and battle management system, the Type 055 destroyer will form China’s anti-missile system together with the 052D destroyer, serving as part of the so-called Chinese Aegis.