The guided-missile destroyer CNS Hefei (174) is one of about a dozen ships associated with the modern Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN, China Navy) Type 052D destroyer class. These destroyers are of very modern standards, displace around 7,500 tons at full load, carry rocket-heavy weapons, and travel at speeds of up to 30 knots.
Hefei (174), the third named ship of this class, entered service with the Chinese Navy on December 12, 2015. She is currently serving in the South China Fleet.
The ship is traditional, like a modern warship: the forecastle is largely unobstructed, save for a single main gun emplacement with a turret, vertical missile launch bay, and raised bow superstructure. Integrated into the bridge section is the closed main mast, behind which there is a steep drop leading to the flat, closed chimney. The secondary mast is located amidships and stern, with the stern superstructure behind it. The stern is dominated by a single helicopter helipad.
The warship can service helicopters from its built-in hangar facility and launch/receive such helicopters from the helipad. These units are often equipped with a submarine or hunting ship role, supporting the ship as "eyes in the sky" for over-the-horizon (OtH) work.
In addition, helipads can be used to recharge air at sea.
Dimensions include 515ft barrel length, 56ft beam and up to 20ft draft.
The armament consists of a 30mm main gun system with a turret in the bow, but the main armament of the warship is a 64-unit Vertical Launch System (VLS) carrying Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) and Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM). can) and Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM) type weapons. These include cruise missiles for inland attacks from the sea. The cell is divided into front and rear compartments, each of which can hold 32 missiles. The Close-In Digital Weapon System (CIWS) is standard equipment for close-in defense against low-flying threats.
All in all, the ship can act as an airspace deterrent, attack other warships, pursue submarines or attack land-based targets, making it a true multi-mission platform.
The ship is believed to carry a combat system comparable to the much-vaunted Aegis system in the United States - capable of dealing with multiple threats simultaneously through powerful computer processing systems and radar technology. The radar is matched to a Type 346A/Type 518 (Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA)) L-band system.
Both towed array sonars and variable depth sonars are used for spearfishing. Protected data connections enable real-time exchange of information with other Chinese military units.
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
- direct attack
515 feet (156.97 m)
56 feet (17.07 m)
20 feet (6.10 m)
31 kn (36 mph)
1 x 130 mm H/PJ-45A Dual Purpose (DP) Deck Gun with Turret.
1 x 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting CY-5, CJ-10, YJ-18, YJ-83 and HHQ-9 missiles (land attack or surface-to-air type).
1 x 24-cell HHQ-10 Short-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Launcher.
2 x 30mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
2 x 533 mm triple torpedo tubes.
4 x 18 Tube Decoy Rocket Launchers.
1 medium Navy helicopter, supported by a combined helicopter-based heliport/hangar facility.