China’s official military forum mil.huanqiu.com says in its report today that China’s fourth 052D destroyer was commissioned on July 12. The report, in addition, has discloses that one more 052D was launched in July while Dalian Shipyard launched another on August 3. In all four 052Ds have been commissioned and three have been launched. In addition, two more are being built at Shanghai Shipyard. Those are the nine 052Ds we know for sure.
Obviously, China has stepped up construction of its newest and most advanced Type 052D Aegis destroyers.
Taiwan’s Want Daily speculates that the total number of 052Ds including those being built is 12, of which 4 will be deployed in China’s aircraft carrier battle group.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Dalian launched its second 052D, China’s new version of Aegis destroyer” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
In his interview with Beijing TV, Chinese military expert Fang Bing says that China’s Type 052D destroyer is better than US Arleigh Burke class destroyer as it is equipped with better electronics for communications, especially an advanced phased array radar that can detect and track stealth warplanes including US F-35 stealth fighter jet.
In addition, it is stealth and armed with better missiles fired from vertical launch tubes and has good anti-submarine and air defense capabilities.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Expert: 052D class destroyer better than US Arleigh Burke class destroyer in radar and stealth” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
052D destroyer is China’s newest surface warship that serves as the mainstay of China’s surface navy. It is equipped with a new type of phased array radar and vertical launch system (VLS). Recently some web users have taken the above photos of a 052D being fed with missiles.
Source: news.efeng.com “Rare photos of a 052D destroyer being fed with a missile and having its major raised in a vertical position” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Qianzhan.com quotes foreign media’s reports as saying that China’s newest 052D Aegis destroyer is equipped with China’s newest YJ-18 supersonic anti-ship missiles.
The missile’s high speed and terminal movement make it very difficult to intercept.
At present, there is only one 052D destroyer in China with vertical launch system (VLS) to launch such missiles, but China is now building such destroyers on a large scale in order to have 10 of them in service by 2017.
Moreover, China’s Types 093G and 095 attack nuclear submarines will also be armed with such missiles. Recent photo of China’s three new 093Gs shows that they all have VLS.
In the past, China relied on Russia for anti-ship missiles but now China is able to develop and make advanced anti-ship missiles to arm its navy on its own.
According to the report, YJ-12 air-to-surface and YJ-18 constitute meaningful threat to US navy.
Source: qianzhan.com “Bare the mystery of PLA’s newest anti-ship missiles: Causing panic in the US and Japan as one of them is enough to destroy an Aegis destroyer” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Type 052D destroyer is China’s newest and most advanced type of missile destroyer developed by China on its own. China has commissioned its first 052D the Kunming. According to available information, China is busy building at least five other 052Ds. Photos on the progress of their construction have recently been posted on the Internet.
Source: huanqiu.com “Recent progress of the construction of five 052D destroyers” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
The US has recently scrapped its plan to produce DDG1000 destroyers as the mainstay of its navy because DDG1000 is not significantly superior to China’s Type 052D.
DDG1000 is advanced mainly in its vertical launch system (VLS) and radar. However, when China’s first Type 052D was commissioned on March 21, 2014, its more details have been revealed to show its VSL is by no means inferior to DDG1000’s.
A launch tube in 052D’s VLS can launch and control 4 different kinds of missiles, including air-defense, anti-ship, anti-submarine and ship-to-ground missiles of different sizes. The maximum diameter of the missile is 850 mm, bigger than DDG1000’s MK41 VLS.
Unlike US VLS only capable of hot launch or Russian VLS, cold launch, 052D’s VLS tubes are capable of both cold and hot launches of missiles and they also have CCL devices so that the smoke in hot launching of a missile is discharged through a concentric tube.
There are separate launch control electronic equipment for the control of each missile launched to simplify the procedures of control so that there are no longer the complicated control procedures of multi-layer transmission of information and orders.
The new type active phased array radar used on 052D now has a liquid cooling system instead of the air cooling system in Type 346 phased array radar on 052C that has a curved case to increase the area of contact for cooling. In the new radar, liquid goes through the antenna for cooling. As a liquid cooling system has bigger cooling capacity and the contact area is bigger in the antenna array, the new radar must have greater power and better sustained performance.
Due to the above-mentioned advanced equipment and functions, a DDG1000 is better than 052D only in bigger displacement and 26 more launch tubes. However, China is designing 12,000-ton Type 055 destroyer bigger than DDG1000. When 055 is commissioned, DDG1000 will be inferior. Therefore the US has to scrap its DDG1000 plan and decides to produce 10 Virginia class submarines and spent $11.4 billion to produce unmanned long-range bombers to deal with China’s new destroyers.
In the past, the US always believed that it always had the newest ideas in weapon development, but now it seems to be China’s turn.
The most serious problem is that the US remains outdated in sticking to its Air-Sea Battle strategy while for a decade, China has adopted the space-era strategy for the development of integrated space and air capabilities.
Source: huanqiu.com “Preeminant new VLS makes China’s Type 052D destroyer rival to US DDG1000” and “Exposure of 052D destroyer’s mystic radar with overall performance better than existing one in US navy” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)
- Better Hypersonic Glide Vehicle Makes China Leader of Weapon Development dated June 1, 2014
- China challenging U.S. military technological edge: Pentagon official dated January 29, 2014
- China’s 12 Advanced Weapons to Be Turned out or Developed in 2014 dated January 24, 2014
- China Tests Mach 10 Hypersonic Weapon: US media dated January 14, 2014
- Arms Race between China and America dated March 5, 2012
China drew great interest when it smoothly commissioned its first Type 052D Destroyer the Kunming, the newest type of China’s Aegis destroyer, on March 21, 2014. Recently a web user posted the above photos on the Internet of three 052Ds being installed alongside at a certain Chinese shipyard. It has been known that China has already built 4 such destroyers.
Obviously China is building such destroyers vigorously to expand its navy.
There is in addition a fourth 052D. A photo has been taken before it would soon to be launched at the shipyard.