- Mar 19, 2018
Don't be too serious with IndiansFanboys ruin any meaningful military discussions with nationalistic nonsense like the above. If 052D's were Indian you'd switch to praising them in a heartbeat.
How can MF star be a more powerful array when each of its arrays are a quarter of the size of the Type 364A arrays on the 052D's let alone the larger Type 364AB arrays on the 055's?
Larger AESA faces translate to more t/r units, ie more power available. MF Star was built for Saar 6 corvettes, and is mounted much higher, ie limited in array size due to weight limitations on the arrays and cooling but better horizon search.
052D's use a smaller horizon search radar mounted on the highest point of the mast instead, and larger arrays below the bridge. The X-band phased arrays on the 055's perform the same horizon search function.
Magazine size, VLS versatility (Concentric cells allowing both hot and cold launch vs just hot launch on Barak 8 cells), sensor superiority, layered missile defense all make the 052D the better Area air defense platform.
Back to the topic, there are currently 25 052D ships. Is there any follow-up manufacturing news?