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China launched its most technologically-advanced naval destroyer. The new Chinese Type 055 Super Destroyer is the size of the American Ticonderoga-class cruiser.

China's Type 055 Super Destroyer has a dual-band radar. It has four massive square AESA S-band radars for long-distance search-and-track. Additionally, on the mast, it has smaller-squared AESA X-band radars for short-distance targeting.

The Type 055 has 128 vertically launched cells (or VLS) that can each carry a single large missile or a quad-pack of smaller missiles. This represents enormous attack or defense capability, depending on the types of missiles carried. Also, the Chinese VLS can either be "hot" or "cold" launched.

For ship defense, the Type 055 has two FL-3000N launchers. Each FL-3000N launcher contains eight anti-missile missiles. "An optional extra magazine with automated loading system is available for larger warships when there is enough space provided." However, I don't know the time required for the automated reloading of the FL-3000N launcher on the Type 055 Super Destroyer.

The final line of ship defense is the two Type 1130 CIWS (close-in weapon system). These are 11-barrel gatling guns that fire over 10,000 rounds per minute. A CIWS can be reloaded, but I don't know the reload time for the Type 1130 CIWS.
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"Published on Jun 28, 2017
Type 055 is a new class of Guided missile destroyer (In terms of tonnage and weapons it's in a cruiser classification), packing 128 VLS cells. Weighing between 10,000 - 14,000 tons it one of the heaviest destroyers in the world. It is expected for the Chinese Navy to build several more of these to complement Type 052D and Type 052C DDGs and replace older destroyers in the Chinese Navy's Fleet."
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China boosts naval power with Asia’s most advanced warship | South China Morning Post


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China's Type 055 Super Destroyer Is A Reality Check For The US And Its Allies | The WarZone

 

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China's Type 055 Destroyer AESA Radars as ElectroMagnetic (EM) Weapons



The X-band and S-band for radars are in the microwave region. AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radars have the unique ability to focus their beam onto one spot. Thus, China's Type 055 Destroyer X-band and S-band AESA radars can be used defensively as focused microwave beam emitters.

This means China's Type 055 Destroyer X-band and S-band AESA radars can target incoming anti-ship cruise missiles with a focused-beam of microwave energy. This will destroy the missiles' electronics such as the CPU, electronic guidance system, or missile radar sensors.

Conceptually, it is similar to throwing a computer chip (such as those in a smartphone) into a microwave. Turn on the microwave to "high" and the smartphone electronics and chips are damaged.

It is known that the American F-22 can use its AESA X-band radar to damage incoming cruise missiles (see citation below). Since the X-band and S-band radars on the Chinese Type 055 Destroyer are much more massive, the Type 055 Destroyer radars should have similar capability and probably greater range. The Chinese Type 055 has larger radars and more power (which increases range), but the air is thicker at sea level (which would reduce range).

In conclusion, the Chinese Type 055 Destroyer X-band and S-band AESA radars are a third line of defense against incoming anti-ship cruise missiles. The other two defensive systems are the FL-3000N anti-missile missile launchers and the Type 1130 CIWS (close-in weapon system) gatling guns.
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"The F-22A is equipped with the most powerful active array radar ever installed in a fighter aircraft. This will provide it with unprecedented range performance, but also opens up the option of using it as a microwave directed energy weapon to disrupt opposing electronic systems. US sources indicate it will also be used to jam opposing X-band radars (C. Kopp)."

 
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We need to have more of the frigates and destroyers. We have ship building companies in India. They have capacity and experience to build such ships as well.
 

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Impressive indeed.
Please share more pics. Thx
 

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