Meanwhile the semi-official Chinese magazine released detailed drawings and technical characteristics of the new vessel.
The 175-meter-long watercraft will be outfitted with four new types of missiles, including medium-range air defense and antisubmarine missiles, as well as long-range air defense missiles and supersonic long-range anti-ship missiles.
The Type 055 destroyers will also brandish long-range land attack cruise missiles and a sea-based missile interceptor. It will have ninety-six vertical launching systems, meaning the ship will not only be able to carry more weapons, but also larger missiles.
In addition, "the all-important phased array radars have been upgraded to include both X-band and S-band arrays – and thus may be on par with America's top air-defense ships," Goldstein quoted the magazine as saying.
The Type 055 guided missile destroyer's other missions will likely include missile defense and "antisatellite" operations.