China commissions sixth Type 052D guided missile destroyer

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its sixth Type 052D class guided missile destroyer, Xiamen (DDG-154) on 17 July, reported Janes citing a statement posted on the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs.

About Type 052D:

Type 052D destroyer (NATO code name Luyang III class, or Kunming class after the lead ship) is a class of guided missile destroyers being deployed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The Type 052D is a development of the Type 052 (Luyang II) class of destroyer

China’s state-run media informally designate the Type 052D as Chinese Aegis (Chinese: 中华神盾; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Shéndùn, ‘Chinese God-Shield’). The new destroyer is equipped with a flat-array AESA radar and is expected to have capabilities similar to those of U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

The Type 052D has a 64-cell vertical launching system (VLS) armed with CJ-10 land-attack cruise missiles, HHQ-9 series long-range surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), HQ-16 and DK-10A (possibly quad-packed) medium-range SAMs, YJ-18 and YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, as well as CY-5 series anti-submarine missiles.

It is also armed with a single barrel 130 mm main gun, designated as the Type H/PJ38 CIWS. For close range engagement, the ship is equipped with HHQ-10 short-range SAM.

The destroyer also integrates two Type 7424B triple torpedo tubes for launching Yu-7 torpedoes and four 18-tube launchers for firing decoy rockets.

Altogether five vessels of this class are now fitting out or under construction, three vessels are on sea trial and six vessels are active.

Despite being only halfway through the 052D production run, the PLAN has begun serial construction of the class successor, the larger and more powerful Type 055 destroyer.

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