China Launches New Guided Missile Destroyers

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On July 4, China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) launched two Type-055 guided missile destroyers, joining the two Type-055s launched earlier this year. The Type-055 guided missile destroyers are the largest such ships belonging to an Asian country and may have a final displacement greater than the U.S. Ticonderoga-class destroyer. China’s Type-055 is armed with medium- and long-range surface-to-air, anti-ship, and land-attack cruise missiles, including the HHQ-9, YJ-18, and CJ-10. The ship’s defenses include an active phased array radar system, a bow sonar, and a towed sonar. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) plans to acquire at least eight of the multipurpose surface combatant ships, with the first four commissioned by 2020 . The ships have not yet been commissioned and are awaiting sea trials.