posted on Jul, 3 2018 @ 12:02 PM
China has been building their navy at a crazy rate. Last year they hit approximate parity with the US launched tonnage and this year they have blown
us away. Part of that is because they launched a new carrier this year and we have not. However, that's not the entire story. It's not just their
carriers being built at a furious rate, but also the escorts for those carriers.
On July 3rd, 2018, China
Type 055 desroyers
. These destroyers are far, far closer in capability to our cruisers,
the vaunted Ticonderoga class, than they are the Arleigh Burke class. destroyers. They have 115 VLS cells rather than the 90 odd the Burkes do and
have a comparable radar system to the SP-1Y used on in the Tico's Aegis. The Type 055 displaces over 10k tons, some state 13k tons when fully fitted
The real kicker is in a little over a year, the Chinese haven't just built 2, but rather 4 of the near-cruisers. They officially plan 8. They will
probably have all of them in the water in the next year. The reason they have cut this to just 8 may be because of their
being potentially ready for a warship. If that's the case, the next class
of ships will support this new weapon as a center piece.
While we will be adding more tonnage of our own, to be sure, we won't hit a rate like this until at least 2020, if not later. Underestimating the
growth of the CHinese military would be foolish at best.