Luyang 3-class destroyer (Type 052D)

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Basic information

Country of build:
In service:
2014 – present (9 years)

Ship measurements

7,500 t
157 m
17 m


Propulsion system:
  • 2 * QC-280 gas turbines (28 MW / 38000 hp, each)
  • 2 * MTU-20 V956 TB92 diesel engines (3.82 MW / 10250 hp, each)
  • 2 * shafts / 2 controllable pitch propellers (CPP)
30 knots



Combat assets

  • Type 346 multi-function, dual-band (S and C-bands) active electronically scanned array radar (AESA)
  • Type 518 L-band long range air surveillance radar
  • Type 366 surface search and targetting radar
  • Type 349A fire control radar
  • Variable depth sonar
  • Towed array sonar
  • 1 * 130 mm gun
  • 64 cell VLS (GJB 5860-2006 standard)
  • HHQ-9 SAM
  • YJ-18 SSM
  • CY-5 ASW
  • Early units: Type 730 close-in weapon system (CIWS)
  • Later units: Type 1130 CIWS
  • 1 * Harbin Z-20 helicopter

The Luyang III-class destroyer is a class of guided missile destroyers in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force. The Luyang III-class destroyer a larger variant of the Type 052C; the Type 052D uses a canister-type, instead of revolver-type, vertical launching system (VLS) and has flat-panelled active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The new VLS is not limited to anti-air missiles, making the Type 052D China's first dedicated multi-role destroyer.

Chinese media informally calls the Type 052D the Chinese Aegis, portraying it as a peer of contemporary United States Navy ships equipped with the Aegis Combat System. The appearance of the Type 052D, with flat-panelled radar and canister-based VLS, has encouraged the moniker's use. The The Luyang III-class destroyer is equipped with Type 346A AESA and Type 518 L-band radar.

The The Luyang III-class destroyer is also equipped with both variable depth (VDS) and linear towed array sonar. The VDS is deployed through a hinged opening in the transom by a hydraulic lifting mechanism. The VDS body is a streamlined fairing fitted with Y-shaped hydrodynamic vanes for towing stability.

The Luyang III-class destroyer is the first Chinese surface combatant to use canister-based universal VLS, as opposed to the concentric type VLS carried aboard earlier vessels. 64 cells are carried; 32 forward and 32 aft. The VLS is reportedly an implementation of the GJB 5860-2006 standard. The VLS may fire the extended-range variant of the HHQ-9 surface-to-air missile, YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missiles, and CY-5 anti-submarine missiles.

The main gun is a 130 mm weapon. Early units were completed with 7-barrelled Type 730 close-in weapon system (CIWS). This was replaced in later units by the larger 11-barrelled Type 1130 CIWS.

The The Luyang III-class destroyer may be using the joint service integrated datalink system (JSIDLS) and naval common tactical data link (NCTDL). JSIDLS is equivalent to Link 16 and was certified in June 2012. NCTDL is a next-generation two-way encrypted data link with support for electro-optic and laser pod UAVs; it replaces the older HN-900. A variant with the flight deck extended by four metres was in production in 2018. The extension is likely to accommodate the Harbin Z-20 helicopter. A «meter wave» radar is mounted on the rear mast. It is intended to aid in the detection of stealth aircraft.


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