China’s new Type 055 missile destroyer to upgrade reaction capability of weapons, improve country’s navy: expert

October 5, 2017

The Global Times:

Media have reported that China’s new missile destroyer equips more than 100 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), which experts said on Thursday could upgrade the rapid-reaction capability of weapons.

A report published by CCTV on Tuesday showed that China’s new Type 055 guided-missile destroyer has had 112 VLS cells installed, surpassing the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in quantity.

“The number of VLSs shows the combat and rapid-reaction capability of [China’s] warships,” military expert Song Zhongping told the Global Times on Thursday. “Since recharging a VLS is relatively difficult, the more VLSs a vessel takes, the stronger and quicker its reaction,” he said.

According to Song, China’s previous destroyers could only equip limited numbers of launching cells, so the Type 055 could upgrade rapid-reaction capabilities of weapons, Song said, noting that increasing the number of launching tubes and cells of vessels is the necessary road for China’s large warships in the future.

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