Skip to comments.Chinese Navy (PLAN) Commissions 1st Type 052D Destroyer
Posted on 03/22/2014 2:09:17 PM PDT by Jeff Head
March 21, 2014
The Chinese Navy commissioned the first of class, Type 052D, destroyer, DDG-172, Kunming, on March 21, 2014. This is a new class of destroyer that is a significant upgrade over the Type 052C, Lanzhou Class, destroyers that the Chinese have finished building six of. The Lanzho Class was Chinas first true multi-rile, wide area defense destroyer employing a sophisticated battle management system, Phased Array Radars, and Vertical Launch missile systems. That earlier class had 48 cells for surface to air missile to defend a large group ships (like a carrier battle group) against air attack from aircraft or missiles.
The Type 052D Class, or Kunming Class, has been upgraded significantly. This vessel employs 64 cells of vertical launch missiles that are capable of launching anti-air missiles, anti-surface missiles, or anti-submarine missiles from the same cells, similar to the US Navy Mk-41 Vertical Launch System. In addition, the vessel sports a new main gun, a 130mm dual purpose gun supposedly capable of firing extended range munitions. Critically, the vessel is also fitted with larger and more powerful Active Phased Array Radars (APARS) over the Lanzhou Class, which will undoubtedly have longer range, and may well have better discrimination and resolution over their earlier APARS.
In addition, rather than two 30mm Close in Weapon System (CIWS) guns, the Kunming carrier a CIWS gun forward, but now has a 24-missile launcher, the FL-3000N, aft, over the helicopter hanger deck for close in missile defense. This system, also deployed on the Chinese aircraft carrier, Liaoning, CV-16, appears to be the equivalent of the US Navy RAM missile system.
With these improvements, the Chinese Navy, with the Kunming Class, are approaching parity with the US Navy systems deployed on the AEGIS Destroyers of the Arleigh Burke Class...though the Chinese vessels are 2,000 tons lighter and less heavily armed.
Here are pictures from the commissioning of the vessel.
The second in class, the DDG-172, Changsha, is preparing for sea trials and should also be commissioned later this year.
The third in class was launched last year and is currently fitting out. The fourth in class is about to be launched for fitting out. The fifth in class in under construction, with the modular pieces of the sixth in class ready to go into the Chinese construction facilities. It is expected that the Chinese will build at least twelve of these very capable vessles, and perhaps as many as 18. With the previous six Lanzhou Class, this will give the PLAN eighteen very capable, very modern destroyers of this type. They also have eleven or twelve other modern detroyers of different classes.
When you consider this in light of the twenty very capable and very modern Type 054A Frigates that have built over the last five years, and the twenty Type 056 modern corvettes they have built in the last two years, with another twenty of those slated to be built, the rapid expansion, growth, and modernization of the Chinese Navy is a significant occurance, with broad impact in the western Pacific.
Specifications for the Kunming Class follow:
CHINESE AND INDIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER EXERCISE LINKS:
1ST CHINESE CARRIER BATTLE GROUP EXERCISES
INDIAN NAVY CONDUCTS JOINT AIRCRAFT CARRIER EXERCISES
OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST:
The Chinese continue to rapidly build up their naval forces in the Western Pacific.
A direct rip-off of American designs.
And Obama continues destroying ours.
That’s a good looking destroyer...
Curious what the large hatch on the superstructure near the stern is for. Loading the helo from the dock?
“The Chinese continue to rapidly build up and modernize their naval forces. “
Yes indeed. By the pics, I see that they no longer tugs to deploy their aircraft carriers. A Great Leap Forward for sure :)
My thoughts exactly. I love the looks of beautiful ship
Very impressive vessel to me. Thank you very much for the article and the pictures.
Is it just me though? That 30mm CIWS appears to be in a very good spot as a secondary offensive weapon not just close in weapons support. It would be very good in Pirate suppression as well as Brown water support of vessel interdiction.
You can build ships but it is not so easy to train crews especially carrier crews.
Is it just me, or does that ships design look awfully familiar? (Not a military or navy guy here.....)
I wonder how much of our classified technology went into this one.
They appear to be handling the X-band (or whatever they use) missile guidance differently though.
Thus, they can afford to focus on building their economy and skimp on military, until they actually need the military hardware to attack with.
Almost all ships look the same these days. Only so many ways you can design something. Funny that they use the western numbering on their ships.
Those pixelated uniforms look unnecessary.
What is a “rile?” As in “multi-rile.”
Our navy has blue camos too. Can’t see where they can hide with that color scheme.
China ought to send us all a thank you note, after all we paid for them.
“modernize their naval forces.”
They have the education, training, and motivated population to do it, every bit as much as we do. Worked with a few hundred recently: I think highly of them. In fact, their average technical capability was superior to ours.