Skip to comments.China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos
Posted on 07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions.
While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions include a 130mm H/PJ-38 cannon turret (or a mockup, given the current lack of ammo loading machinery beneath the deck) at the bow. One Type 1130 close in weapons system (CIWS) is located in front the of the bridge superstructure on a platform behind the PJ-38 main gun (the space between the PJ-38 and Type 1130 CIWS would hold 64-72 vertical launch system (VLS) cells). The Type 1130 can fire around 10,000 rounds of two pound shells to intercept missiles flying at Mach 4. To round out the Type 055's defense armament, a HQ-10 air defense launched has been installed in the rear above the helicopter hangar. The gap forward of the hangar and behind the exhaust stacks could hold an additional 48-64 VLS cells.
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Type 055 Cruiser Test Rig The 055 cruiser test bed is a step closer to completion, as seen in the portside (left) view. The main cannon, CIWS and FL-3000 missile launcher have all been installed, and the helicopter hangar is complete. lt.cdjby.net
World communism part deux. Only a second world and third world in the future, with no first world?
The Chinese have always spoken of themselves as “The Middle Kingdom”, midway between heaven and earth. Nowadays, that would be midway between the purity of Marxist-Leninism and the filth of the remainder of the world. This ship, and the confiscation of the entire China Sea, would simply be the means by which that relationship would remain the status quo.
Looks land locked. Worthless.
Keep buying that Chinese made crap, it’s paying for these new ships.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES sell the Chinese short. They have been around for a long time and are very smart cookies, unlike our present American “leaders”.
How does it stack up against the Peter the Great of the Russian Navy?
And there are STILL PEOPLE, ON THIS SITE that think China and Russia dropped all new weapons development once the Cold War ended, just because we did.
Well, sorry, those two countries, at a minimum, DID NOT have any intention of freezing our advantage in place and pretty soon we are going to get a bloody nose if we keep acting like cowboys (as people here are calling for with Ukraine), but riding around with slingshots, when they have real guns.
I understand our continuous development of new arms and equipment has not abated, but with a simple order to “stand down” or “remain in place” will render them a science museum piece.
Those in control will not do as the Egyptian military did when confronted with the enemy in control of the government. Our current administration is being manipulated by a sophisticated mind. Obviously not the spokesman’s mind.
Every time we drive down the NJ Turnpike, at Mile Marker 41 I ask my daughter if we are near the water...
“No Daddy!” she says.
Then what is that ship doing over there!!!
You would be amazed at how meticulous people can be, if failure of their work at sea results in all the people involved in building the thing getting looked up and getting a bullet behind the ear.
I wish we got as much for our defense dollars as the Chinese or the Russians... Instead we get failures like the F-35.
You forgot to include the graph that shows how far our procurement dollars go in relationship to countries that do not allow unions.
Because that graph blows the “but-but-but-we-outspend-every-other-country” canard back into the Stone Age.
When it comes to unions, people tend to exaggerate.
In texas, a right to work state, there are three type shops. Union shops, Non-union shops, and wetback shops. If you need a home AC, the Trane is made in a union shop so it is slightly higher in price but you know that it was made by people with a lot of experience. OTOH, you can save a little money with the Janitrol since it is made in a wetback shop. But not much money. There is a lot more to the cost than just the labor.
Defense contractors in the manufacturing sector are always over-engineered, a non-union job.
Most people tend to look at unions as a monolithic group but there is a lot of variation amongst all the locals and usually in a particular shop, labor relations are actually driven by the steward in that shop.
Yeah... I saw this: “compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials” and immediately thought they have a long way to go because the mockups do not substitute for sea trials in any way except for basic space and layout developments. Until they have the systems underway and see the interactions and stresses in sea lane conditions it ain’t cooked.
You might want to compare BATTLE TANKS, PLANES, and NUKES between the Russians and the US.
You might be surprised that, at best, we’re even...if that.
You might LEARN SOMETHING if you do.
I don’t know about planes and tanks but as for nukes and nuke delivery systems we have been thru 20 plus years of START so there is parity thru reduction
That’s basically my point. We’re at parity on nukes, planes, and soldiers. They are still way ahead on tanks.
The dollar numbers don’t mean a thing for a number of reasons - if they did, there wouldn’t have been a Cold War and China wouldn’t have more soldiers. Just a comparison of personnel and procurement costs (for equivalent hardware) proves that out - we pay much, much, more for equivalent hardware - because we pay our people much better.
They are not near parity with the US Navy...but they are far more concentrated while we are spread out across the seven seas.
Their latest developments ion surface warfare include six type 052C destroyers which are similar to our Arliegh Burke class, and then a follow on, improved class called the Type 052D of which they have launched four vessels in the last two years, have two more building, and will build 12-16 of them.
More recently they have this mockup of their Type 055 cruiser, which will be on the order of 11,000 to 12,000 tons.
The mockup (which is something they also did with their carrier) is full scale and allows them to do a lot of training and logistical testing,
I took some creative license and PS'ed that photo to come up with this accurate depiction:
They will build ten to twelve of these.
As a testament of their building capabilities, they have been producing their Type056 LCS type corvette for the last two years. It is well armed (better armed than our new LCS) weighs in at just over `1,500 tons.
In the last twenty four months they have launched 22 o these and commissioned 14 of them.
Active Duty ping.
See my post 25.
Thanks...nice to NOT be labeled as paranoid once in a while.
We have to STOP THINKING that the rest of the world is standing still, thereby locking-in our advantage. That has never happened and never will.
No doubt the Brits thought that entering the 20th Century.