China Shows Off Its New Generation Of Type 055 Destroyers

Business Insider: China shows off its new destroyer during massive display of naval power

* China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in Qingdao on Tuesday, showing off some new weapons systems.
* During the parade, which was shrouded in fog, mist, and rain, the Chinese navy showed off the Nanchang, the first of the new generation of Type 055 destroyers.
* The new destroyers are the most heavily armed of China's surface combatants, with 112 universal vertical-launch-system cells capable of firing anti-air, anti-ship, anti-submarine, and land-attack missiles.

China showed off a new naval weapon, the first of a new generation of hard-hitting destroyers, at a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy on Tuesday.

During the celebratory maritime parade, the Nanchang (101), a 10,000-ton Type 055 stealth destroyer, sailed onto the scene, Reuters reported.

The ship is armed with 112 vertical-launch cells with the ability to fire HHQ-9 surface-to-air missiles, YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missiles, and CJ-10 land-attack cruise missiles. The main gun is a H/PJ-38 130-mm gun, but there are reports that this vessel could eventually be equipped with a railgun. The vessel uses X- and S-band radars, allowing it to track stealthy objects of various sizes.

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Update #1: China debuts most powerful destroyer in celebrations (Global Times)
Update #2: China Shows Off New Destroyer As Xi Jinping Views Major Naval Parade (NDTV/Reuters)

WNU Editor: This destroyer has a lot of firepower behind it.

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