China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles

China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles 24 December, 2019

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles.

The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer.

China displayed its first Type 055 destroyer, the Nanchang, in April at the fleet review of the PLA Navy's 70th-anniversary celebration in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province.

As China's first type of 10,000 ton-class destroyer, Type 055 has 112 vertical launch missile cells capable of launching a combination of surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine missiles, according to media reports.

The Navy's Weibo post confirmed the speculation that the ship was capable of launching long range land-attack missiles.

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