The 11th ‘carrier killer’ destroyer was recently produced by Beijing. The country is going to deploy a fleet of the battleships to the South China Sea, trying to ward off the US Naval Forces.
Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet was supplemented with the 11th Type 052 Luyang III-class elite guided-missile destroyer that once again marked an aggressive increase in the country’s production of the lethal vessels. The battleship is often compared to Japan’s violent Aegis destroyer.
The week before, the 9th and 10th 052D destroyers, produced in the Jiangnan Shipyard, joined the China’s fleet. Beijing is planning to produce at least five more battleships in the nearest future in connection with the growing tensions in the South China Sea.
The battleships will be deployed to the South China Sea; some of them will flank the Liaoning that has already sparked the attention of Western defense analysts due to its growing combat capabilities and potential to house a fleet of 20 elite fighter jets.
The elite destroyer is armed with the YJ-18 long-range supersonic cruise missiles and the Type 346A radar system, providing the necessary intelligence gathering capabilities. The Type 052 Luyang III-class destroyer’s anti-ship missiles are capable of reaching speeds up to 614MPH (988kmh) through the first phase of transit after launch and accelerate to a speed of 2,302MPH (3,705kmh) for the final 25 miles (40km) of its flight time.
The ‘carrier killer’ destroyer is considered a major threat to US naval domination in the Pacific, and it will play a critical role in China’s strategy towards the US, preventing American warships from penetrating the South China Sea area.