I still believe (as I stated earlier) that they will produce a number of Type 052Ds and start getting them worked up and deployed and integrated into the fleets before they even start the Type 055 or whatever it ends up being.I find it hard to believe that china will make the jump from 052D (about 7500t) to type 055 (12000t). I believe that type 055 (or whatever the name is) is coming but i dont think that it will have that much displacement. It maybe possible. But i find it hard to believe.
I find it hard to believe that china will make the jump from 052D (about 7500t) to type 055 (12000t). I believe that type 055 (or whatever the name is) is coming but i dont think that it will have that much displacement. It maybe possible, i dont know what sources Henri K has inside PLA (if he has any), and what he says could be true. But i find it hard to believe.
China will build 2 055 in 2013, and commission them in 2017, trail them for 4 years and start mass production in 2020.
There are rumors that 24 055 will be build.
There's a lot of wishful thinking for the Type 055 DDG design, though it's understandable because clearly the current 052C/D hull has reach its limit, if to pack more firepower and better electronic suite a new design will be needed.
BTW, the only known official 055 project was a 8000-ton DDG started way back in the 1960s, then due to its unrealistic goals in relations the realities of Chinese industrial capabilities at that time, was scrapped by the early 1980s (by then it was planned to import the British Type-42 design and its suites) and from thereon, the baby-steps approach that finally bear fruits in 052C DDG, amongst other things...
So how and why the 055 code got resurrected for a new project? As such, if the new DDG going to be such an improvement from even the 052D, then it should be at least using "057", though equally logical they can stick with the 052 series and calling it "052E".
Lol that sounds kinda like a contradictory statement... although I agree that estimating anything like its production run at this stage is premature.
I think the only "confirmed" aspects of this ship is the name, 055, the displacement, 12,000 tons, and the engines, 4x QC280. Kind of like how we knew J-20 was called J-XX back in the day, and how it had a canard delta configuration, was twin engined, heavy air superiority etc.
8000 ton DDG?
I recall from somewhere that the 055 designation has been used for a heavy surface combatant project (earliest I heard was 70s though), but for some reason it's been resurrected.
Well if it is such an improvement from 052D it could warrant its own designation... namely if it is a brand new hull. 052D indeed can trace its lineage all the way back to 052.
There was a discussion over on CDF about this a while ago actually, I think hmmvw said they weren't reusing the 055 designation but rather updating its requirements... Making it sound like the original 055 project from the 70s was put on ice indifinitely and then through some circumstance or analysis or requirement, they rediscovered the project and heavily modernized it (I'm not claiming that the modern 055 is physically related to the original in any way, but rather that they may have filled similar roles in the navy of both eras)
I'll go out on a limb and say it will also have APARS (possibly above the bridge) and will most likely have a couple of AK1130. Also hanger for 2 helos. Nothing exotic like the Zumwalt but an evolutionary step up from 052D.