BEIJING, August 16 (ChinaMil) -- Foreign media reported that China's guided-missile destroyer (DDG) production is still underway at Jiangnan Shipyard, located on Changxing Island near Shanghai City.
However, no Type 055 DDG hull components could be identified during that time, said a report on the website of Jane's Defense Weekly on August 11, citing imagery captured by Airbus Defense and Space during the first seven months of 2016.
The report said that the imagery captured on January 19 revealed four Type 052D DDGs in the shipyard, which were assumed to be hulls 5, 6, 7 and 9. Hulls 8, 11 and 12 are being produced in Dalian City.
Hull 10 was launched in Jiangnan on July 28, 2016, two days after the most recent imagery, and as such remains inside the assembly hall during the available coverage, said the report.
According to the report, previous hulls required approximately two-and-a-half years from launch to commissioning. As such, hull 5 remains the closest to service entry, which should occur in late 2016 or early 2017.
Also present within the shipyard on January 19 were three Type 726 air-cushion landing craft, a Type 052C DDG likely undergoing periodic maintenance, and Yuan Wang 7, a new space event ship (AGMH) undergoing instrumentation installation.
A hull segment comprising the bow section of a Type 052D DDG was visible adjacent to the shipyard in the hull module assembly area, said the report.
It is reported that the imagery captured on May 25 shows four Type 052D DDGs within the shipyard. Two Type 726 air-cushion landing craft are present, one within the dry dock.
Within the hull module assembly area, hull segments comprising the bow section of a Type 052D DDG are once again visible. However, the segments are not yet joined, implying that they do not represent the bow segment visible in January, according to the report.
The report said that the segment visible in January likely belongs to hull 10, suggesting that these segments belong to a new hull. A 13th hull would indicate that China plans to continue Type 052D DDG production beyond the 12 hulls previously assessed.
Imagery captured on July 26 shows four Type 052D DDG hulls, two Type 726 air-cushion landing craft, and the Yuan Wang 3 AGMH within the shipyard. In addition, the Type 052D DDG bow segments noted in imagery of May25 now appear to be joined, according to the report.
The article is abstracted from a report on the website of Britain’s Jane's Defense Weekly. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.