The Type 055 destroyer
(NATO code name Renhai
) is a class
of guided missile destroyers
being constructed by indigenous efforts for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force
. The multi-role destroyer is designed for air defense
and anti-submarine warfare
The sea platform is expected to play an instrumental role in China's future carrier strike formations
, and the vessel is one of the first among Chinese surface combatants
capable of land attack
The class features a stealth design
, including small radar cross section
, low noise, infrared
and electromagnetic radiation.
With advanced active phased array radar
system and battle management system, the Type 055 destroyer will form China's anti-missile system together with the 052D destroyer
, serving as part of the so-called Chinese Aegis
The Type 055 is amongst the largest post-Second World War
warships launched in East Asia.
The United States
classifies these ships as cruisers.