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CGI video of a danger close interception from either a Type 730 or Type 1130 30x165mm CIWS taking out multiple targets.   Hard to tell, the video runs so fast I have trouble counting the amo

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   On August 24, 2018 from Shanghai for the first time at sea on the factory tests the first Chinese large destroyer of the new project 055, called Nanchang (南昌, Nanchang, board number "101"). The ship was built at the Shanghai Shipbuilding Company Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Corporation (Jiangnan-Changxing) of the Shanghai Shipbuilding Company, part of the China State Shipbuilding State Corporation (CSSC).




   The Chinese destroyers of Project 055 (the Western designation - Renhai-class) are the largest non-aircraftcarrier surface ships currently being built in the world, with an estimated full displacement of about 13,000 tons and a length of 180 meters. In the PRC, they are officially called "destroyers of 10,000-ton class." , and the US Department of Defense they have been called "cruisers" since 2017. Project 055 destroyers should be equipped with universal vertical launchers with 112 cells for missiles for various purposes.



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6 hours ago, N-L-M said:

All those flooding holes... that thing is unlikely to be particularly quiet.


The Ohio class, which is notoriously quiet, has many fewer holes;




However, I doubt this is the main determinant of noise (I'll have to dig out my books, but I think propulsion plant noise is more important).

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On 9/9/2018 at 5:24 AM, N-L-M said:

The Houbeis are cute, and with 8 Exocet-like C-801s, not to be trifled with.

They do, however, suffer from the flaw of all FACM: their weapons outrange their ability to adequately identify targets and engage them.


Can they be networked so that the targeting function is off-boarded?

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Quite heavily armed for such a small unmaned boat


The boat is 15 meters in lenght, has a top speed of 42 knots and a range of autonomous navigation of 500 nautical miles. JARI USV is equipped with an electro-optical sensor on the top of the superstructure, a phased array radar, and a sonar. 

Depending on the combat mission, the boat can be armed with a vertical launch unit with eight cells, twin torpedos and a remotely-controlled combat module with a 30-mm automatic gun and guided missile launcher






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