Chinese PLA Navy Launches 19th and 20th Type 052D Guided-Missile Destroyers

The state-owned Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) has launched Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s 19th and 20th Type 052D Luyang III-class guided-missile destroyers during a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in Dalian in Liaoning province, Northeast China on May 10.

DSIC is the largest shipbuilding company in China. It is part of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), one of the two state-owned shipbuilding enterprises in China.

Type 052D (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 (PLAN) Surface Force.

The Type 052D is a development of the Type 052C (Luyang II) class and is described as Chinese Aegis after the Aegis Combat System equipping U.S. Navy destroyers. 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.

Despite continuing the 052D production run, the PLAN has unveiled the first vessel of the successor class, the larger and more powerful Type 055 destroyer.

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