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.
The Type 055 destroyer, the Chinese navy’s first 10,000-ton domestically designed and produced vessel, was unveiled at Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) in East China’s Shanghai on June 28, the Xinhua News Agency said.
The destroyer is the first of China’s new generation destroyers. It is equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The vessel marks a milestone in improving the nation’s navy armament system and in building a strong and modern navy, said Xinhua.
“The Type 055 destroyer will form China’s anti-missile system together with the 052D destroyer, which has been commissioned. China will also be able to build a Chinese version of the Aegis missile defense system with the inclusion of the Type 055,” Song told the Global Times in a previous interview.