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China’s next-generation destroyer undergoes high-speed testing

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China’s domestically-produced 10,000-ton missile destroyer, Type 055, has recently undergone a high-speed test.

The new Destroyer of the People’s Liberation Army, the Type 055, a 10,000-ton ship developed and manufactured in China, will be launched at the Jiangnan shipyard in East China’s Shanghai (photo taken on June 28, 2017). He is equipped with new anti-aircraft, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.

China’s domestically-produced 10,000-ton missile-destroyer, Type 055, has recently undergone a high-speed test, prompting Chinese marine experts to believe that the ship has completed most of the trials and will undergo weapon system testing before it goes into operation in half a year. The Type 055 was recently photographed sailing high speed through the sea in an unknown location, cctv.com reported Tuesday.

Wang Yunfei, a naval expert and retired naval officer of the People’s Liberation Army, told the Global Times on Wednesday that the purpose of this sea test was to test the destroyer’s high-speed sailing capability and the full coordination of its various systems. „For the 055, the systems were previously tested at a lower speed, but only at high speed can overall performance really be tested,“ said Wang. The latest marine test is already at a later stage of all sailing tests, Wang said. After the first test in the sea in August, the type 055 was discovered several times at sea, according to the cctv.com report. The People’s Liberation Army Navy will soon be using the first Type 055. Wang said the battleship had already completed sailing tests and had to go through weapons and command system tests. This process will take about half a year, after which the ship will be delivered to the Navy of the People’s Liberation Army.

China has already launched four 055 models – two in Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province, and the other two in Shanghai. Wang said that after the country gained initial experience with the Type 055, China will develop improved versions. With China’s needs of about six aircraft carriers and several amphibious assault ships in the future, China wants to have at least ten Type 055 models to form combat units and escort these ships, Wang said. The 180-meter-long, 20-meter-wide destroyer will be equipped with 112 vertical rocket cells capable of firing a combination of ground-to-air missiles, anti-ship cruise missiles, launch vehicle cruise missiles, and anti-submarine missiles, media reported.