Type 052C destroyer

The Type 052C destroyer (NATO/OSD Luyang II-class destroyer) is a class of guided missile destroyers in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force (PLAN). The Type 052C introduced both fixed active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and vertically launched surface-to-air missiles into PLAN service,[4] making it the first PLAN warship with area air defence capability.[5]

PLANS Changchun (DDG-150) 20150718
Changchun (150)
Class overview
Builders: Jiangnan Shipyard
Operators:  PLA Navy Surface Force
Preceded by: Type 051C
Succeeded by: Type 052D
Built: 2002–2015
In service: September 2005–present
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile destroyer
Displacement: 7,000 tons[1]
Length: 155 m (508 ft 6 in)[1]
Beam: 17 m (55 ft 9 in)[1]
Draught: 6 m (19 ft 8 in)[1]
Speed: 29 knots (54 km/h; 33 mph)[1]
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 15 knots[1]
Complement: 280[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter: Kamov Ka-28 or Harbin Z-9[3]
Aviation facilities:
  • Stern hangar
  • Helicopter landing platform


The first two ships, Lanzhou and Haikou, were laid down at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai in 2002, and entered service in 2004 and 2005 respectively.[1] No new ships were laid down until 2010;[6] the pause may have been due to the relocation of the shipyard.[7]


The Type 052C appears to share the same basic hull design as the Type 052B destroyer, which in turn is based on the Type 051B destroyer. Stealth features are incorporated.[1]

The Type 052C uses predominantly Chinese systems derived from earlier foreign technology; the preceding Type 052 and Type 052B destroyers used a mixture of Russian and Chinese systems.[7]


PLANS Changchun (150), Penang Strait, Penang
Forward VLS launchers.

The Type 052C carries 48 HHQ-9 naval surface-to-air missiles (SAM),[1] each with a range of 55 nautical miles (102 km; 63 mi).[8] The SAMs are cold launched[9] from eight revolver-type vertical launchers, with six missiles per launcher.[6]

Eight YJ-62 anti-ship missiles are carried in two quad-canister launchers just forward of the hangar.[1] Each missile has a range of 150 nautical miles (280 km; 170 mi).[8]


The main gun is a 100 mm PJ-87. The gun suffered from jamming and may have influenced the decision to adopt a different weapon for the Type 052D destroyer.[2][10] The weapon has a rate of fire of 25 rounds per minute.[1]

Close-in defence is provided by two seven-barrel 30 mm Type 730 CIWS, one mounted forward of the bridge and one atop the hangar. Each gun has a maximum rate of fire of 4200 rounds per minute.[1]

Anti-submarine systems

Two triple 324 mm (13 in) torpedo tubes are carried; these are copies or derivatives of the Whitehead Alenia Sistemi Subacquei B515/ILAS-3.[1][11] This launcher may fire the Yu-7 ASW torpedo.[11]


Bridge of CNS Changchun (DDG-150)
Forward Type 346 radar panels and Type 730 CIWS.

The Type 052C is the first PLAN warship to mount[2] the G-band[1] Type 346 AESA radar.[4] The four phased array antennas are mounted on the taller forward superstructure. The Type 346 is used for air search, and provides fire control for the HHQ-9.[1] The combination of AESA radar and VLS SAMs produces a marked increase in anti-aircraft firepower over previous PLAN warships.[4]


Maritime Interdiction Operations at RIMPAC 2016 160718-N-CA112-002
Xi’an (153) and Z-9 at RIMPAC 2016

A Kamov Ka-28 or Harbin Z-9 helicopter may operate from the rear hangar and flight deck.[3] The Ka-28 is equipped with a search radar and dipping sonar and can also employ sonobuoys, torpedoes, depth charges, or mines.[12] The Z-9 is a variant of the Airbus Helicopters AS365 Dauphin. The naval variant of the Z-9, the Z-9C, is equipped with the KLC-1 search radar, dipping sonar, and is typically armed with a single, lightweight torpedo.[13] Either helicopter siginficantly improves the anti-submarine capabilities of the Type 052C.


The Type 052C propulsion is in the combined diesel or gas (CODOG) arrangement, with two Ukrainian DA80 gas turbines and two[1] MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines.[2]

The DA80s had blade problems and may have contributed to the last two Type 052Cs sitting pierside at the shipyard for two years without being accepted by the PLAN.[2]

The MTU 20V 956TB92 engines were license-produced by Shaanxi Diesel Engine Works.[2]

Ships of class

Hull no. Name Builder Launched Commissioned Fleet Status
170[14] 兰州 / Lanzhou[14] Jiangnan Shipyard[1] 29 April 2003[1] 18 July 2004[1] South Sea Fleet[1] Active[14]
171[14] 海口 / Haikou[14] Jiangnan Shipyard[1] 30 October 2003[1] 20 July 2005[1] South Sea Fleet[1] Active[14]
150[14] 长春 / Changchun[14] 31 January 2013[15] East Sea Fleet[15] Active[14]
151[14] 郑州 / Zhengzhou[14] Active[14]
152[14] 济南 / Jinan[14] Active[14]
153[14] 西安 / Xi'an[14] Active[14]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap Saunders, Stephan, ed. (2009). Jane's Fighting Ships 2009-2010. Jane's Information Group. p. 137. ISBN 978-0710628886.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Bussert, James C. (1 November 2015). "China Develops Aircraft Carrier Group Leader". SIGNAL Magazine. AFCEA. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b McDevitt: pages 61
  4. ^ a b c McDevitt: pages 59-60
  5. ^ Cole, Bernard D. "What Do China's Surface Fleet Developments Suggest about Its Maritime Strategy?". CSMI Red Book. United States Naval War College. 14: 23. ISBN 978-1-935352-45-7. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b Li: page 44
  7. ^ a b McDevitt: pages 59
  8. ^ a b United States Department of Defense: Annual Report To Congress 2019, page 70
  9. ^ Bussert, James C. (1 December 2013). "China Destroyer Consolidates Innovations, Other Ship Advances". SIGNAL Magazine. AFCEA. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ O'Rourke, Ronald (21 March 2013). CRS Report for CongressPrepared for Members and Committees of Congress China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (PDF). RL33153 (Report). Congressional Research Service. p. 28. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Undersea dragon: Chinese ASW capabilities advance" (PDF). Jane's. 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  12. ^ United States Navy Office of Naval Intelligence: The PLA Navy, pages 20-21
  13. ^ United States Navy Office of Naval Intelligence: The PLA Navy, pages 20
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r United States Navy Office of Naval Intelligence (2018). PLA Navy Identification Guide (Report). Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b Qian, Xiaohu (5 February 2013). "Changchun' warship commissioned to PLA Navy". People's Daily Online. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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Stealth ship

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These techniques borrow from stealth aircraft technology, although some aspects such as wake and acoustic signature reduction (Acoustic quieting) are unique to stealth ships' design. Though radar cross-section (RCS) reduction is a fairly new concept many other forms of masking a ship have existed for centuries or even millennia.

Type 052D destroyer

The Type 052D destroyer (NATO/OSD Luyang III-class destroyer) is a class of guided missile destroyers in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The Type 052D is a larger variant of the Type 052C; the Type 052D uses a canister-type, instead of revolver-type, vertical launching system (VLS) and has flat-panelled active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The new VLS is not limited to anti-air missiles, making the Type 052D China's first dedicated multi-role destroyer.Chinese media informally calls the Type 052D the Chinese Aegis, portraying it as a peer of contemporary United States Navy ships equipped with the Aegis Combat System. The appearance of the Type 052D, with flat-panelled radar and canister-based VLS, has encouraged the moniker's use.

Type 346 radar

Type 346 radar is a highly digitized, multi-function, dual-band (S and C bands) naval active phased array radar (APAR) installed on Type 052C destroyers, Type 052D destroyers, Type 055 destroyers and Type 001A aircraft carriers of the PLAN. The radar is named as the Star of the Sea (Hai-Zhi-Xing, 海之星) by its developer and it is one of the two competitors for PLAN’s SAPARS (Shipborne Active Phased Array Radar System) project/program. Due to its secrecy and lack of information, Type 346 radar has been frequently but erroneously confused with a Chinese fire control radar Type 348, and mistakenly identified as Type 348 by many sources. Furthermore, it is also frequently confused with and misidentified as Sea Lion series C-band phased array radars developed by another design house.

Several models in the Type 346 series have been developed. When Star of the Sea was selected as the winner of SAPARS and accepted into Chinese service, it received the Chinese naval designation for the entire radar system as H/LJG-346 or Type 346 for short. The NATO reporting name for Type 346 radar is Dragon Eye.

Type 52

Type 52 may refer to:

Bugatti Type 52, motor vehicle produced by the auto-maker Bugatti

Bristol Type 52 Bullfinch, an experimental British military aircraft first flown in 1922

Type 052 destroyer, a destroyer class of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Type 052B destroyer, a destroyer class of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Type 052C destroyer, a destroyer class of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Type 052D destroyer, a destroyer class of the People's Liberation Army Navy

Vertical launching system

A vertical launching system (VLS) is an advanced system for holding and firing missiles on mobile naval platforms, such as surface ships and submarines. Each vertical launch system consists of a number of cells, which can hold one or more missiles ready for firing. Typically, each cell can hold a number of different types of missiles, allowing the ship flexibility to load the best set for any given mission. Further, when new missiles are developed, they are typically fitted to the existing vertical launch systems of that nation, allowing existing ships to use new types of missiles without expensive rework. When the command is given, the missile flies straight up long enough to clear the cell and the ship, and then turns on course.

A VLS allows surface combatants to have a greater number of weapons ready for firing at any given time compared to older launching systems such as the Mark 13 single-arm and Mark 26 twin-arm launchers, which were fed from behind by a magazine below the main deck. In addition to greater firepower, VLS is much more damage tolerant and reliable than the previous systems, and has a lower radar cross-section (RCS). The U.S. Navy now relies exclusively on VLS for its guided missile destroyers and cruisers.

The most widespread vertical launch system in the world is the Mark 41, developed by the United States Navy. More than 11,000 Mark 41 VLS missile cells have been delivered, or are on order, for use on 186 ships across 19 ship classes, in 11 navies around the world. This system currently serves with the US Navy as well as the Australian, Danish, Dutch, German, Japanese, New Zealand, Norwegian, South Korean, Spanish, and Turkish navies, while others like the Greek Navy preferred the similar Mark 48 system.The advanced Mark 57 vertical launch system is used on the new Zumwalt-class destroyer. The older Mark 13 and Mark 26 systems remain in service on ships that were sold to other countries such as Taiwan and Poland.

When installed on an SSN (nuclear-powered attack submarine), a VLS allows a greater number and variety of weapons to be deployed, compared with using only torpedo tubes.


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