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.
Recently a set of photos have appeared at Military Forum website that indicate imminent launch of China’s 10th Aegis destroyer.
Japan plans to build 4 Aegis destroyers, but China will build twice or thrice more similar or even better destroyers in the same period. China has begun series production 052D Aegis destroyer and will soon begin production of more advanced 055 destroyer with displacement exceeding 10,000 tons.
052D destroyer is equipped with new-type 64-cell VLS (vertical launch system) and a large active phased array radar. The VLS can launch various kinds of missiles the destroyer is armed with including DH-10 and CJ cruise missiles, HQ-9B long-range air defense missiles and YJ-18 anti-ship missiles. China is one of the three countries in the world that have mastery of the technology to launch anti-ship missiles from their VLS.
The destroyer has all kinds of battle systems including air-defense missile system, anti-ship missile system, anti-submarine system, anti-sonar system, electronic battle system, warning system, major gun system, close-range anti-missile system, navigation system and auxiliary systems.
Its advanced C41 combat command system is in charge of all the detection and monitor systems and control all its weapons and helicopter. It collects all the data and audio and video information it has detected and monitored, merges them to make synthetic analysis of them to make judgment of the tactical situation and thus help commanders in making their decisions. It can automatically or manually give combat orders to organize the destroyer’s weapons in combat.
The data and information it has collected will be transmitted to the command center above the destroyer for coordination in the battle with other warships in the fleet. The combat command system can also receive the coordinated plan from the command center to coordinate with other warships of the fleet in the attack.
The destroyer has 004B 3-cell torpedo launch devises on both sides that can launch Torpedo-7A, 7B and 7C and other torpedoes from one cell or all cells simultaneously.
It has especially strong anti-submarine capability due to its good sonar system and Torpedo-8 rocket boosting torpedoes specially designed to kill conventional and nuclear submarines.
Its single barreled 70 caliber, 130 mm gun is a new development with longer range and higher firing speed.
Source: huanqiu.com “The tenth Aegis destroyer launched imminently, China’s navy development superior to Japan’s” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
There are 30 photos in the report but only one is posted here. All be photos can be seen at http://mil.huanqiu.com/mlitaryvision/2013-11/2717308.html
- Photos of China’s Newest 052D Destroyer with Clear View of Its Fore and Back VLSs dated October 7, 2013
- China Is Building Lots of 052D Aegis Missile Destroyers dated July 24, 2013
- Photos of Chinese Aegis Destroyer (052D Destroyer) dated December 30, 2012
- 052D, China’s New ‘Aegis’ Destroyer for Its Aircraft Carrier Fleet dated October 27, 2012