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2015-07-11 09:37   Editor:admin   
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Core Tip: 051B-type In 1996, a shipyard in Dalian began building a new type of multi-purpose guided-missile destroyer of the 051B type. Based on the 051-type, it was designated by NATO as the Luhai Class. Its a

 

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    In 1996, a shipyard in Dalian began building a new type of multi-purpose guided-missile destroyer of the 051B type. Based on the 051-type, it was designated by NATO as the Luhai Class. Its appearance coincided with China’s development of other types of destroyers. Previously, China had built two 052-type destroyers.

    However, only one 051B-type was built -- the Shenzhen (hull number 167), which was commissioned in 1999. It was honored as China’s Top Warship for its multiple firsts: the PLA’s biggest destroyer, its use of stealth technology and as China’s first warship to visit the African continent.

    The 051B-type resembled the 052-type, though it was bigger in size and displacement. It also had technologies to evade radar and infrared signals. The anti-ship weapon was the Eagle-82 missile while its anti-air weapon was the Hai Hongqi-7 missile. In 2004, the Shenzhen was refitted and equipped with a more advanced digital system, new naval guns and anti-ship missiles.

 

    Destroyer 167 was once known as China’s Top Warship.

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