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Sunday, February 15, 2015

PLA commissions sixth Type 052C destroyer

Type 052C (Luyang II) class destroyerChina now has more destroyers with Aegis Combat System equivalent capability than Japan after the Xian, the country's sixth Type 052C destroyer entered service on Feb. 9, reports the People's Navy Daily, a paper published by the People's Liberation Army Navy.

In addition to the six Type 052C destroyers, the PLA also has the Type 052D guided-missile destroyer or Kunming class, which uses Active Phased Array Radar.

Xian is the fourth Type 052C destroyer in the PLA's East Sea Fleet after Changchun, Zhengzhou and Jinan. The 6,000-ton vessel carries 48 HHQ-9 air defense missiles and eight YJ-62 anti-ship missiles, according to the newspaper.

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