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CNS Xianyang (108)

Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship

China | 2023

"CNS Xianyang 108 marks the latest addition to the guided-missile destroyer Type 055 class of the modern PLAN."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/27/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
CNS Xianyang (108) represents the latest addition to the Type 055 stock of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. At its core, the vessel is of all-modern design complete with inherent stealth features, ranged armament, and Blue Water capabilities. System integration is such that the warship can operate independently or as part of the main surface fleet.

Type 055 is known to NATO as the "Renhai-class".

The Renhai-class is set to be represented by sixteen total hulls, each designed around a powerful battle suite involving a 112-cell VLS. While classified locally as destroyers, the design is recognized by the West as cruisers due to size, displacement, and general capabilities. The class began construction in 2014 and entered commissioned service in 2020. Construction has been spread about between the Changxingdao-Jiangnan Shipyard and the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company.

CNS Xianyang displaces at 11,000 tonnes under standard loads and reaches 13,000 tonnes under full loads. She showcases a running length of 590.6 feet with a beam measuring 65.6 feet and a draught of 21.7 feet. The deep draught precludes her participation in close-to-shore operations but aids in deep water / Blue Water service.

Internally, the ship is powered through a COmbined Gas-And-Gas (COGAG) arrangement involving 4 x QC-280 gas turbines, each developing 38,000 horsepower for a grand total of 150,000 horsepower output. 6 x QD-50 turbine generators supply upwards of 40,000 horsepower. All told, the hull can reach speeds of 30 knots and range out to 5,000 nautical miles - giving the ship good legs in sea-going endeavors.

Aboard is a crew complement of at least 300 personnel and includes an air wing. The air wing is comprised of one or two medium-lift navalized helicopters supported from the stern hangar-helipad deck area. Installed systems include the Type 346B "Dragon Eye" C/S-band radar, X-band radar, and a complete Electronic Warfare (EW) system.

Armament includes the usual mix of ballistic, missile, and torpedo solutions: there is a single 130mm H/JP-38 turreted deck gun and single H/PJ-11 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), missile launchers, and torpedo tubes. A 112-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) represents the heart of the armament suite, these tubes capable of supporting anti-aircraft, anti-ship, and anti-surface target missiles for ranged fire. The torpedo arrangement is a twin set configuration of 324mm measurement.

When taken as a whole, the destroyer category of the growing PLAN numbers nearly fifty hulls with many in-service ships being of relatively new construction. The Type 055 design, therefore, would play a critical role in the forcible takeover of neighboring Taiwan and would be used as a general seaborne deterrence to American fleet actions in the region. It does, however, remain largely unproven in terms of actual wartime service.

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April 2023 - Chinese state media reported the official commissioning of CNS Xianyang (108).

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Xianyang (108).
COGAG (COmbined Gas-And-Gas): 4 x QC-280 gas turbines developing 38,000 horsepower each (150,000hp total); 6 x QD-50 turbine generators developing 6,700 horsepower each (40,000hp total.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
5,023 nm
5,780 miles | 9,302 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Xianyang (108).
590.6 ft
180.01 meters
O/A Length
65.6 ft
19.99 meters
21.7 ft
6.61 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Xianyang (108).
1 x 130mm H/PJ-38 turreted deck gun.
1 x HQ-10 24-cell Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
1 x 112-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting SAM, anti-ship, and land-attack cruise missiles.
2 x Twin-tubed 324mm torpedo tubes.
1 x H/PJ-11 Close In Weapon System (CIWS).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Xianyang (108).
1 OR 2 x Medium-lift navy helicopters supported from the stern. Hangar facilities integrated.
Ships-in-Class (16)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Xianyang (108) family line as relating to the Type 055 (Renhai-class) group.
CNS Nanchang (101); CNS Lhasa (102); CNS Anshan (103); CNS Wuxi (104); CNS Dalian (105); CNS Yan-an (106); CNS Xianyang (108)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Xianyang (108). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company - China
National flag of China

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Image of the CNS Xianyang (108)
Image from official Chinese state-run media release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
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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