Let's Talk About the Chinese Navy's Type 055 Destroyer ( Source- The Diplomat / Author- Robert Farley)
|PLAN Type-55 Destroyer ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons / 果壳军事)|
Source- The Diplomat
Author- Robert Farley
What does China have planned for the Type 055 cruiser (or cruiser-size destroyer)?
Over the past month, numerous reports have emerged about the progress of the class of large ships. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has reportedly ordered four ships, in two groups. The first ship, building at Dalian, will likely hit the water next year, and potentially commission in 2018 or 2019.
Guesses regarding size have ranged from 12,000 to 20,000 tons, with most estimates concentrating on the lower end. Expectations about employment of the ships vary quite a bit, but there is general agreement that the PLAN has determined that it needs a large ship able to operate at great distance from home bases, and that will presumably include anti-air, anti-submarine, and anti-surface capabilities. Like many modern surface combatants, the Type 055 will apparently have features designed to reduce its radar cross section and thus enhance survivability. ( To read the entire article, click here......)