China launches two new guided missile destroyers

Last Updated: May 13 2019 19:22
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As per the state media reports, China has commissioned two more guided missile destroyers taking the total of such warships to 20 with more in the pipeline.

Two Type 052D guided missile destroyers were launched last Friday in Dalian, a coastal city, according to state-run Global Times reports.

Their commissioning marked the 19th and 20th of launches of their kind, the report said and quoted Chinese analysts as saying that plans are afoot to build more guided missile destroyers.

China now has 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or being fitted out for service soon, the report said.

Destroyers are fast, highly manoeuvrable long distance warships which are also used to accompany the aircraft carriers.

Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times that China might have more than 30 destroyers in the future.

“The platform (of the Type 052D) is pretty reliable and it uses very mature technologies. These make it suitable for mass production,” Wei said, noting that the destroyers will play crucial roles in China’s fleet air defence system.