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CNS Nanning (162)

Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship

China | 2021

"CNS Nanning 162 is one of many Type 052DL guided-missile destroyers available to the Chinese surface fleet."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 03/07/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
According to GlobalFirepower.com, the modern Chinese Navy (People's Liberation Army Navy = PLAN) fields no fewer than 730 total units including aircraft carriers, destroyers, frigates, and submarines making it the most quantitatively powerful surface fleet anywhere in the world (the United States is ranked 4th in the listing). Key to the power-projection capability of the service is the advanced Type 052D class guided-missile destroyer of which twenty-five are actively represented with a further six being built as of March 2023. Among this number is CNS Nanning (162), the focus of this article.

Nanning was built by the specialists at the Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai, China. The vessel was formally launched on February 23rd, 2019 and added to the PLAN inventory on April 12th, 2021. Fighting under the pennant number of 162, she maintains an active standing in the fleet.

Displacement is 7,500 tons under full load and dimensions include a running length of 528 feet, a beam of 57 feet, and a draught down to 20 feet. Internally, power is provided through a CODOG (COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas) arrangement involving 2 x QC-280 gas turbines and 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 (German) diesel units driving power to 2 x Shafts astern. This provides the vessel with an impressive headway speed of 30 knots, under ideal conditions, with an operational range out to 5,200 miles.

Aboard is a complement of 280 and the ship is outfitted with all-modern solutions to all-modern battlefield threats. This includes the Type 346A multi-function 3D Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar suite, the Type 518 air-search radar, and the Type 364 air-and-surface-search radar. A variable depth hull-mounted and towed sonar array unit can be relied upon to search-and-track for enemy submarines. The Electronic Warfare (EW) suite is the H/RJZ-726 countermeasures system.

The warship employs a 130mm turreted deck gun over the forecastle though its bread-and-butter are a pair of Vertical Launch Systems (VLSs) embedded in the hull. This includes a 64-cell and 24-cell component capable of launching air-, land-, and ship-attack missiles at-range. The Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) offers point defense capabilities for the ship's own survival.

Over the rear of the hull is installed a combination hangar-flight deck section supporting the Harbin Z-20 (or similar) navalized helicopter.

Nanning currently (2023) serves with the South China Fleet, making it a critical deterrence weapon in the volatile, high-trade area that sees many nations laying claim to various island formations.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Nanning (162).
CODOG (COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas): 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
4,519 nm
5,200 miles | 8,369 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Nanning (162).
528.0 ft
160.93 meters
O/A Length
57.0 ft
17.37 meters
20.0 ft
6.10 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Nanning (162).
1 x 130mm turreted deck gun.
1 x 24-cell HQ-10 VLS (Vertical Launch System) Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM).
1 x 64-cell VLS unit supporting HHQ-9 SAM, YJ-18 Surface-to-Surface Missiles (SSMs), and CY-5 Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs).
Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Nanning (162).
1 OR 2 x Harbin X-20 navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad/hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (25)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Nanning (162) family line as relating to the Type 052DL (Luyang III-class) group.
CNS Nanning (162)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Nanning (162). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Jiangnan Shipyard (Shanghai) - China
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Image of the CNS Nanning (162)
Image from the Chinese MoD; Public Release.

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