Type 055 DDG Large Destroyer Thread


asif iqbal

Brigadier
Now China will move on a new FFG

Type 054B

twin hanger with 64 VLS I would like to see it

30 units then the switch to Type 055A/B
 

grulle

New Member
Registered Member
The relentless expansion of China's navy has been just astounding to observe. How many here would agree that China has the second most powerful navy in the world? Many Americans now think so lol.

Congratz to China and the Chinese people. Your hardwork has paid off.
 

Xsizor

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The relentless expansion of China's navy has been just astounding to observe. How many here would agree that China has the second most powerful navy in the world? Many Americans now think so lol.

Congratz to China and the Chinese people. Your hardwork has paid off.
So much more needs to be done. In fact, there are a lot of shortcomings - ASW, Submarine technology (Nuclear Propulsion, Stealth-Acoustics ), Naval Aircrafts, Helicopters etc. that limits China to being a regional Naval power. (tbh, none except USN is a comparison but I'm ready to accommodate the Japanese Navy as a competitor too)

Type 055 remains the major highlight (for the Surface Fleet) and deserves attention but that's about it. We need to expect Type-055 levels of upgradation to all hands of PLAN.

I still don't think we are giving enough attention to ASW capabilities (of type 055, if the thread is to be respected). How does type-055 Bow mounted sonar compare to the rest /best? Any Chinese papers available on that?
 

Tam

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But can anyone explain, why the anyway bulbous bow sonar looks even more bulbous? It looks as if it extends almost further out of the deck.
Its opened in a way hinged to one side, so the sonar bulb may be installed. Its the main reason why this ship, which is being fitted, is on dry dock. The sonar is being fitted on. The sonar is not fitted during launch time.
 

weig2000

Junior Member
So much more needs to be done. In fact, there are a lot of shortcomings - ASW, Submarine technology (Nuclear Propulsion, Stealth-Acoustics ), Naval Aircrafts, Helicopters etc. that limits China to being a regional Naval power. (tbh, none except USN is a comparison but I'm ready to accommodate the Japanese Navy as a competitor too)

Type 055 remains the major highlight (for the Surface Fleet) and deserves attention but that's about it. We need to expect Type-055 levels of upgradation to all hands of PLAN.

I still don't think we are giving enough attention to ASW capabilities (of type 055, if the thread is to be respected). How does type-055 Bow mounted sonar compare to the rest /best? Any Chinese papers available on that?
You're right. In particular, the ASW and nuclear submarine parts are still subpar and with a lot of gaps, partly also because of the secrecy around them.

But, here is the thing. PLAN's future is no longer something we can only find in a vision document or vision it in our imagination. It is literally taking shape in front of our eyes.

They already have refurbished/built two carriers. The third one, a completely indigenous 80k tons class flattop with EMALS, is under construction. The carrier-borne KJ-600 AWACS is under development; a stealth carrier fighter is to take the first flight in 2021. All the pieces for a modern carrier fleet are falling into place. No one seriously argues against that a nuclear-powered carrier will be forthcoming.

The pieces for ARGs are also taking shape, including 071 LPD, 075 LHD, 726 LCAC, navalized Z-10, Z-20, Z-18, Z-18L. They're not all in place or in the right quantities, but we've already seen them all in various stages.

The submarine portion is further behind, but we know they're coming even though they're shrouded in secrecy. We've seen the large-scale construction facility in Bohai shippyard. 095, 096, JL-3 are all under development.

The surface combatants are most visible: 054A/052D/055. Two Type-901 fast fleet supply ships are either in service or launched.

It'll probably take another decade or so before we see a complete and truly modern blue-water PLAN emerges. But we can already see the contours of the picture and there are no major barriers. Just a matter of time.
 

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