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CNS Huainan (123)


Guided-Missile Destroyer


China | 2021



"CNS Huainan 123 represents an all-modern guided-missile destroyer solution for the navy of China."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/27/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
CNS Huainan (123) is a modern guided-missile destroyer serving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. Destroyers are the largest named / categorized vessels below aircraft carriers and above guided-missile frigates, making them particularly formidable in any inventory. The warship belongs to the expanded Type 052D class which feature stretched hulls (Type 052DL). The warship was built at the Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai and launched to sea on April 15th, 2019. She was formally commissioned for service into the PLAN in 2021 and is assigned to the East Sea Fleet today (2022).

The class is known to NATO as the "Luyang III-class".

Aboard is a crew of 280 enlisted and officer personnel. Type 346 and Type 518 radars are fitted as is a bow-mounted and towed sonar array. Structural dimensions include a running length of 528 feet, a beam of 57 feet, and a draught of 20 feet. Displacement is 7,500 tons under full load.

Internally, the warship is powered through a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement involving a pair of local QC-280 series gas turbines and a pair of German MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern. This gives the ship a headway speed of 30 knots (under ideal conditions) with a range out to 4,500 nautical miles.

With armament being at the heart of the destroyer, the vessel carries a broad mix of modern solutions covering ballistic and missile weapons. There is a 130mm-armed turreted deck gun over the forecastle for ranged work and a Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) for point-defense. The bread-and-butter of the design, however, is its 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) which can house a mix of Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs), land-attack cruise missiles, and Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs) - HHQ-9, YJ-18, and CY-5 types being supported, respectively.

Over the rear of the vessel, and in keeping with modern warship design, a Harbin Z-20 can be launched, retrieved, and serviced from the ship. This rotorcraft element can be outfitted for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Search and Rescue (SAR), and resupply sorties as needed.

To date (2022), CNS Huainan has maintained an active presence in the PLAN fleet, taking part in various exercises and voyages to showcase growing Chinese naval capabilities in the region and across the world.

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September 2022 - CNS Huainan (123) was photographed as one of the ships making up the 42nd Chinese Naval Escort Taskforce ready to depart for escort service in the Gulf of Aden.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Huainan (123).
COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG): 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
Propulsion
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
4,519 nm
5,200 miles | 8,369 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Huainan (123).
280
Personnel
Complement
528.0 ft
160.93 meters
O/A Length
57.0 ft
17.37 meters
Beam
20.0 ft
6.10 meters
Draught
7,500
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Huainan (123).
1 x 130mm turreted deck gun.
1 x 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) for Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM), Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM), and Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) types.
1 x 24-cell HQ-10 short-ranged SAM launcher.
1 x Type 1130 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Huainan (123).
1 x Harbin Z-20 navalized helicopter equipped for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sorties; supported from the stern-based helipad / hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (25)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Huainan (123) family line as relating to the Type 052DL (Luyang III-class) group.
CNS Huainan (123)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the CNS Huainan (123). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Jiangnan Shipyard - China
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Image of the CNS Huainan (123)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
OFFSHORE BOMBARDMENT
LAND-ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
AIRSPACE DENIAL
FLEET SUPPORT
SHIP-TO-SHORE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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