It seems China is all prepared to show its determination to field a fully modern navy to its rival nations(might be better than U.S.). Photos of five brand-new guided missile destroyers from a shipyard have been released by China explaining it as fast and growing.
China Defence blog shared photos online which were taken at Dalian shipyard situated at Northern China. The shipyard comes under China’s most important shipyards and was responsible for the renovation of China’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning. It renovated it from a rusting, incomplete hull to deployable ship, and China’s first indigenous carrier, Type 002, visible half a mile east.
The photos shrared by China’s Defence Blog shows five destroyers and it includes three Type 052D Luyang III and two Type 055 Renhai guided missile destroyers fitting out for service in the PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy). Both Type 052D and Type 055 destroyers reveals China’s most modern designs. At Dalian shipyard, unnamed ships have been hanging out for the better part of a year. The two Type 055s ships which are side by side in the shipyard still appear under construction. It’s various parts are seen missing from the superstructure. It has been revealed in the Google Maps satellite photos. While, both ships seems completed in the China Defense Blog photos. The Type 052D has changed position and other Type 052D is seen in drylock floating out.
In 2011, the construction for Type 052D Luyang IIIs began. The two Type 052D are 505 feet long, weighted 7,000 tons, and have a top speed of 29 knots. It is designed to protect high value PLAN assets such as the carriers Liaoning, Type 002, or Type 071 amphibious transports from air and missile attack. Simply, it is called air warfare ships. Both contains four Type 346A phased array radars, a Knife Rest air search radar, two target illumination radars, and sixty vertical launch missile silos for surface to air missiles, land attack cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, and anti-submarine weapons.
Also, the Type 055 Renhai destroyers are considered the largest surface combatants ever built in Asia since World War II. The Type 055s is comparatively larger and more capable than Type 052Ds. The new destroyers are 590 feet long and displace 13,000 tons, and have four Type 346X radars and between 112 and 128 vertical launch silos.