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Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
 
The Type 052D "Kunming" class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.
The Type 052D "Kunming" class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.
 
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Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
Luyang III Guided Missile Destroyer DDG - PLAN
 
 
 
The Type 052D "Kunming" class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.
 
Description
The Type 052D "Kunming" class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.

Type 052D destroyers are fitted with the latest generation of Chinese phased array radar. The four arrays on each vessel are larger (and likely more powerful) than those found on the previous generation Type 052C destroyers. The size of these new arrays explains the slightly modified design of the bridge structure. Type 052D is also fitted with a new, larger main gun (130mm) and a new generation of vertical launch system capable of launching different types of missiles unlike the circular, cold launch system fitted on Type 052C.

This new class of powerful Destroyer undoubtly illustrates the PLAN's ambition in becoming a true blue water navy and a force to be reckoned with on the 7 seas.
 
Shiplist
Name
Hull Number
Launched
Commissioned
Kunming
172
08/2012
2014
Changsha
173
12/2012
2015
Guiyang
175
07/2013
2015
Chengdu
176
2014
2016
Hefei
154
2015
2017
Nanjing
155
2015
2017
Yinchuan
117
2014
2016
Taiyuan
118
2014
2016
-
119
2015
2017
-
120
2015
2017
 
Variants
- Type 052C: Type 052D is an evolution of the Type 052C Luyang II / Lanzhou class
Technical Data
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Missions

» Long range, area air defense
» ASW, AAW, ASUW, EW
» Strike against land targets
» Long range patrol and surveillance
» Escort of high value assets such as Aircraft Carrier and Amphibious Vessels

Design
Same general layout as Type 052C, with slightly larger and higher bridge which explains the larger displacement of Type 052D despite the two types almost share the same hull. Type 052D features an improved stealth design compared to its predecesor.
Weapons
Guns:
» 1x H/PJ-38 130mm main gun
» 1x H/PJ-12 30mm CIWS
Missiles:
A total of 64 Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells:
» 32x fore (behind the main gun)
» 32x aft (ahead of the helicopter hangar)
To launch:
- HHQ-9B long range Surface to Air Missile
- YJ-18A supersonice Anti-Ship Missile
- ASROC (Anti-Submarine ROCket) CY-2 carrying Yu-8 torpedo
» 1x Type 710.SJ01-24 launcher with 24x HQ10
Torpedoes:
» 2x Type 7424B Triple torpedo launchers 324mm (for Yu-7 Torpedoes)
Sensors, Electronics, Decoys
  • Combat Management and Information Systems:
    n/a
  • Optronics:
    Type IR-17
  • Radars and Sensors:
    4x Type 346A phased array radar
    1x Type 364 air search radar
    1x Type 366 radar
    1x Type 517H air search radar
    1x Type 760 navigation radar
    1x Type 349A fire control radar
    1x Type 754 helicopter control and approach radar
    1x MGK-335MS-E hull sonar
    1x towed array sonar (TAS)
    1x variable depth sonar (VDS)
  • Decoys/Counter measures/Jammers:
    2x H/RJZ-726 EW Jammers
    4x Type 726-4A decoy launchers (18 rockets each)
  • Communications:
    SITN240 SATCOM system
    JSIDLS (Joint Service Integrated Data Link System)
Engines/Propulsion/Power
Propulsion type: CODOG (Combined diesel or gas)
Gas turbines: 2x QC280
Diesel engines: 2x MTU-20 V956 TB92
2x Propeller Shafts
 
Specifications
Type
DDG (Guided Missile Destroyer)
Crew
280
Operators
Chinese Navy (PLAN)
Performance
Speeds: 30+ kts (max)
Range: 5,000 nm @ 18 knots
Endurance: n/a
Designer / Builder
Changxingdao-Jiangnan Shipyard (JNCX) & DSIC
Displacement
7,500 tons (full load)
Aviation
1 light/medium helicopter (Z-9C or KA-27)
Dimensions
Length: 155 m
Beam: 18 m
Maximum Draft: 6.5 m
Detailed View
Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer - Chinese Navy
 
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