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PLA Navy shows off ‘Chinese Aegis’ at RIMPAC 2014

: Jun 24, 2014 - : 2:59 pm


China, the United States and Japan are all deploying state-of-the-art “Aegis” destroyers at this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, reports the World News Journal.

On June 14, the PLA missile destroyer Haikou, missile frigate Yueyang, supply ship Qiandaohu and hospital ship Peace Ark assembled near Guam with the guided missile cruiser USS Chosin and guided missile destroyer USS Howard. Both US vessels are equipped with the highly-touted Aegis Combat System, which uses powerful computer and radar technology to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets.

The Type 52C Haikou has been hailed as the “Chinese Aegis” as it is said to have similar capabilities to US destroyers equipped with the Aegis system. The Haikou is equipped with eight YJ-8 Chinese anti-ship missiles, though most of its weapons systems are geared towards defense, with a four-array AESA multi-function phased array radar for 360-degree coverage.

Meanwhile, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force also deployed its Kongo-class guided missile destroyer JDS Kirishima, which has been modified to add the Aegis to its weapons suite.

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