The destroyers of the 052D project are a development of the previous type of 052C. Unlike their predecessors, they are equipped with multifunctional systems. weapons and vertical launchers that can be used to deploy several types of missiles (anti-ship missile, cruise missile for firing at ground targets, anti-aircraft missiles HQ-9 and HQ-16, anti-submarine missile). The ship also has a new multi-function radar and a new 130-mm artillery mount.
Unlike previous types of Chinese destroyers, built in small series, 052D will become the main missile and artillery ships of the Chinese fleet for the coming decades. The lead ship of Project 052D Kunming was launched at the Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Corporation in 2010, launched on August 28, 2012, and began factory trials in August 2013. In addition to the Kunming fleet introduced on March 20, at least 11 ships of this project are now in various stages of construction.
A military representative and a representative of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) (Shanghai) sign an act of transferring the first squadron of the new Chinese project 052D Kunming to the PLA Navy (side number "172"). Shanghai, 20.03.2014 (c) navy.81.cn