The two 052 class were refitted just in 2011, I doubt they'll be doing another refit before they're retired.Since the 052B is already equipped with MR-SAM and 730 CIWS, the priority for upgrade probably goes to 051B and 052 first. The 051B refit is already in progress and I am very curious about plans for the 052 ships.
The Type 346 was not ready at the time the 052Bs were built, so there was no reason to design a higher superstructure than what we currently see on the 052B.Bridge sits way too low in the structure on this lead warship 169
I guess on redesign Type 052C took that into account
I would not expect the Type 52B to be done until all the Sovs are done.Since the 052B is already equipped with MR-SAM and 730 CIWS, the priority for upgrade probably goes to 051B and 052 first. The 051B refit is already in progress and I am very curious about plans for the 052 ships.
I think it's a virtual certainty that the 052B will be upgraded with H/AKJ-16 VL cells, though I think there is not enough space for 48 cells in the front. They may get rid of the step platform underneath the forward Shtil launcher and turn that area into a 32-cell VLS that is flush with the foredeck, while keeping the platform intact in the area where the decoy launchers are located. The centerline area in between the launchers certainly would not be usable for VLS cells given the blast the decoy launchers would generate.Upgrading the 052B poses its own problems. I believe the front has enough space to put in as much as 48 VLS cels, maybe more. But let's assume 32 VLS cells would be sufficient. The Shtil launcher can be replaced by a HQ-10 launcher. Predictably, the MR-710, the Bandstand and the Orekh radar sets gets replaced by their Chinese equivalents.