Top 10 Powerful Destroyer

The very word ‘Destroyer’ conveys destructive power, force, and strength. It is no surprise, therefore, when in naval terms, a destroyer is an extremely powerful warship which is meant to project power, perform complex missions and bring the enemy to their knees with its firepower.Destroyers have a proud tradition of anti-submarine warfare, but the Navy’s modern versions are multi-mission nightmares for an opposing threat. Capable of operating in battle groups or on their own, they have similar guided-missile capabilities to cruisers and take part in a wide range of missions, including supporting carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups.

10. Akizuki class (Japan)

This is the newest class of destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Built with a high level of indigenous technology, they complement the larger and more capable Atago and Kongo class AEGIS destroyers in service. Their main role is to serve as armed escorts for the JMSDF helicopter carriers. At 6800 tons , they are basically in the same league as a modern European frigate, but Japan classifies them as a destroyer due to its comprehensive weapons and sensor suite. As of now, there are 4 ships of this class, with the final one commissioned in 2014.

Strength: Fully Multi-role

Propulsion: Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion with 4 Rolls Royce Spey SM1C gas turbines, providing 19.5 MW of power each for a total of 78 MW.

Sensors:
# OPS-50 dual band multimode radar with 4 C-band and X-band faces each.
# The C-band AESA radars are used primarily for long range search and tracking
# The X-band AESA is primarily for fire control and provides target illumination for the ESSM in the terminal intercept phase.
# A hull-mounted sonar
# OQR-3 towed array sonar
# An OPS-20C surface search radar.

Armament:
# 32 cell Mk41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) cells for a mixture of Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), RUM-139 ASROC (Anti-submarine rocket) and Type 7 VL ASROC.
# The ESSM integration with its 50 km range, limits the warship to a defensive AAW role and prevents it from being used in offensive roles.
# 2 x 20 mm Phalanx Block 1B Close-in Weapons Systems provide a last-ditch defense against incoming cruise missiles
# 1 x 127 mm (5 in) Mk45 main gun which can fire at 16-20 rds/min up to a range of 24 km.
# 8 x Type 90 Anti-ship missiles with their 150 km range and 225 kg warhead provide a decent surface warfare capability.

Aviation: Full hangar facilities to support 2 x SH-60K helicopters for ASW roles.

9.Type-052C(China)

The Type 052C destroyer is a Lanzhou class destroyer built by China . It features a four array phased array radar for 360-degree coverage. The radar is used in conjunction with vertically launched HHQ-9 long-range air defence missiles . The Type 052C was the first warship in the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force.These 7000-ton ships were built to test several new technologies like electronically scanning radars, long-range SAM system, land attack capability, indigenous closed loop CIWS and a new hull design. It is a 155m long & 17m width ship with a maximum speed 59km/h

Strength: Anti-Air/Surface Warfare

Propulsion:
Combined Diesel Or Gas
# 2 x Ukrainian DN80 gas turbines rated at 24 MW each for a total of 48 MW during high-speed cruise
# 2 x Shaanxi diesel engines rated at 5 MW each for a total of 10 MW during a low-speed cruise.

Sensors:
# Type 346 dual-band Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) Radar with 4 faces mounted on the superstructure. It operates in C and S bands and its primary functions are search, track, and missile guidance
# Type 517 VHF air search radar with an instrumented range of 300 km
# Type 344 fire control radar for the 100 mm main gun
# Hull mounted and variable depth active/passive sonar
A close up view of the S-band AESA

Armament:
# 1 x 100 mm Type 210 main gun, with a rate of fire of 90 rds/min and a range of 15-20 km.
# 48 x Vertical Launch System cells for HQ-9 long-range SAM system with cold launch technology (missile is ejected from the cell using compressed air, prior to ignition of the rocket motor). It has a range of 200 km and an active radar seeker which allows engagement of targets at very long ranges beyond the radar horizon of the ship.
# 16 x slant launchers for 16 YJ-62 anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles with 400 km range and a 210 kg warhead.
# 2 x 30 mm Type 730 Close-in Weapons Systems with a rate of fire of 5800 rds/min and an effective range of 3 km for last ditch defense against cruise missiles.
# 2 x triple 324 mm torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes.

Aviation : Hangar for 1 x Ka-28 or Z-9 ASW helicopter.

8. Type-45(Britain)

class of six guided missile destroyers built for the United Kingdom ‘s Royal Navy. The class is primarily designed for anti-aircraft and anti-missile warfare and is built around the PAAMS (Sea Viper) air-defence system utilizing the SAMPSON AESA and the S1850M long-range radars. The first three destroyers were assembled by BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions from partially prefabricated “blocks” built at different shipyards, the remaining three were built by BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships. The first ship in the Daring class, HMS Daring , was launched on 1 February 2006 and commissioned on 23 July 2009.

Strength: Anti-Air Warfare & Antu missile Warfare

Propulsion:
# 2 × Rolls-Royce WR-21 gas turbines, each generating 21,500 kW
# 2 × diesel generators of 2 MW each, generate electricity to power 2×electric motors.
# Total output: 45,000 kW. This gives the ships a range of over 13,000 km at a speed of 18 knots.
Sensors:
# Sampson multi-function Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) two-faced rotating radar, enclosed in a spherical radome, with a range of 300+ km. It provides guidance to the main gun and targeting data for the missiles.
# Thales S1850M PESA long-range search radar operating in the L-Band. It has a range of 400+ km and is used to provide early warning against aerial threats and track ballistic missiles.
# MFS-7000 bow mounted sonar

Armament:
# 48 x cell vertical launch system for a mix of 48 Aster-15 (50+ km range) and Aster-30 (120+ km range)
# 8 x inclined tube launchers for Harpoon anti-ship missiles (*poof*, gone after 2018)
# 1 x BAE Mk8 114 mm gun which is used for engaging surface targets and also for shore bombardment during amphibious landings.
# 2 x 30 mm Bushmaster cannons which are mainly used to engage small craft.

Aviation : Hangar facilities for 1 x heavy Merlin helicopter or 2 x light Lynx helicopters.

7.Horizon/Orizzonte class(France/Italy)

Having its origins as a pan-European program consisting of the UK, France, and Italy, the Horizon common frigate program originally called for 22 air-defense ships to be built, with 12 for the Royal Navy, 4 for the French Navy and 6 for the Italian Navy. But things were just not destined to be this way, with the UK withdrawing from the project due to disagreements regarding which company would lead the project, cost, technical issues and the number of ships for the French and the Italian navies being reduced to just 2 each .

The general characteristics of the class is a displacement of 7,050tons, length of 153m, beam of 20.3m, maximum speed of close to 30knots and a range of over 7,000n.m. with a cruising speed of 18knots. The ship has a crew of 180-200 persons, an additional capacity for at least 30-50 passengers or admiral staff. The endurance of the ship is 45 days at sea between replenishments.

Strength: Anti-Air Warfare

Propulsion: Combined Diesel Or Gas (COGAG) propulsion with 2 x LM2500 gas turbines generating 20.5 MW each and 2 x Pielstick diesel engines generating 4.7 MW each for a total of 50.4 MW.

52D(China)Sensors:
# 1 x EMPAR (European Multifunction Phased Array Radar)single faced Passive electronically scanning array radar operating in C-band for surface/air search, target tracking, and missile guidance.
#1 x S1850M L-band volume search PESA radar for detection of aerial targets at long ranges and early warning.
# Bow mounted UMS 4110 sonar
# Selex RAN 30X/I surface search radar in E/F band [Italy]
# Sagem IRST (Infrared Search and Track) Vampir MB for detection of asymmetric threats and passive tracking of missiles and aircraft at short ranges.

Armament:
# 48 x cell vertical launch system for a mix of 48 Aster-15 (50+ km range) and Aster-30 (120+ km range)
# 8 x inclined tube launchers for Exocet anti-ship missiles [France] / 8 x inclined tube launchers for Otomat anti-ship missiles [Italy]
# 2 × OTO Melara 76 mm Super Rapid guns [France] / 3 × guns [Italy]
# 1× Sadral CIWS with 6 Mistral point defense surface to air missiles [France]
# 2× OTO Melara 25 mm guns [Italy]
# 2× 20 mm modèle F2 guns [France]
# 2× single torpedo tubes for MU90 Impact lightweight torpedoes (24 reloads available)

Aviation : Hangar facilities for 1 x multirole helicopter. Usually, NH90 is embarked.

6. Hobart class(Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy is inching towards acquiring the coveted ‘Blue Water Navy’ status and the 6900-ton Hobart-class is just one type of asset that it is acquiring among others like 2 Canberra class LHDs (which can be used as mini-carriers with F-35B), 12 heavy diesel submarines and a fleet of next generation frigates. The Hobarts allow the RAN to provide a 600 km diameter protective umbrella while acting as a fleet escort, thereby bringing them up to the level of other top navies which have fielded similar air defense capabilities for some time now.
It is estimated that 3 Hobarts equipped with SM-6 missiles would be able to provide adequate air defense against threats encountered along their northern coast. This is a massive increase in capability, thanks to the advanced long-range radars and missiles on board. Though they have been marketed as AWD (Air Warfare Destroyers), they have some significant anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities

Strength: Anti-Air Warfare

Propulsion : Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) propulsion with 2 x GE LM2500 gas turbines generating 17.5 MW each and 2 Caterpillar Bravo diesel engines generating 5.7 MW each for a total of 46.4 MW of power.

Sensors:
# SPY-1D Passive Electronically Scanning Array (PESA) radar with 4 panels, operating in the S-band for air/surface search and target tracking. It has a range of 350+ km.
# AN/SPQ-9B X-band radar for enhanced detection of low flying threats
# Integrated Sonar System
# Series 2500 electro-optical director
# Sagem VAMPIR IR search and track system for passive detection of cruise missiles, aircraft, and other asymmetric threats
# Rafael Toplite stabilized target acquisition sights for 25 mm guns
AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar being installed

Armament:
#48 x cell Mk 41 VLS for a mix of
SM-2 (150+ km range)
ESSM (50 km range), 4 missiles per cell
# SM-6 (350 km range) surface to air missiles
# 8 x Harpoon anti-ship missiles
# 1 x 127 mm Mk45 main gun
# 2 x 25 mm Bushmaster cannons in Typhoon remote mounts
# 1 x Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system (CIWS)
# 2 x Mk32 twin torpedo tubes for MU-90 lightweight torpedoes

Aviation : 1 x hangar for a single MH-60R helicopter

5.Atago class(Japan)

The Atago class destroyers form the spearhead of the Japanese sea-based air defense with their advanced radars and long-range missiles. In the face of increasing missile threats from North Korea and Chinese adventurism near the disputed Senkaku islands, Japan is further committed to increasing the strength of their Atago class fleet from 2 ships to 4, with the new ships being equipped for exo-atmospheric ballistic missile defense. These 10,000-ton destroyers place a major emphasis on long range area air defense as the Japanese lack carrier based jets to do the job.
The Atagos are significantly larger than the Arleigh Burkes from which they derive their base design. There have been major changes to the ship however including superstructure design and VLS layouts, which easily distinguish it from the American Burkes. At present, the Atago class is more advanced and powerful than any Chinese warship, but it will soon be dethroned from this elevation by the arrival of the next generation Chinese missile cruisers. The Atagos noticeably lack long range offensive firepower which is in line with the defensive Japanese naval doctrine.

Strength: Fully Multi-role

Propulsion:
Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion with 4 x Ishikawajima Harima/General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines which generate a total of 75,000 KW

Sensors:
# SPY-1D Passive Electronically Scanning Array (PESA) radar with 4 panels, operating in the S-band for air/surface search and target tracking. It has a range of 350+ km.
# 3 x SPG-62 illuminators to provide terminal target illumination for its semi-active radar homing SAMs.
# 1 x surface search radar
# 1 x bow mounted sonar

Armament:
# 96 x cell Mk 41 VLS ( 64 fore and 32 aft) for a mix of
# SM-2 (150+ km range)
# ESSM (50 km range) 4 missiles per cell
# SM-3 (exo-atmospheric anti-ballistic missile)
# ASROC anti-submarine missiles
# 8 x Type 90 anti-ship missiles
# 1 x 127 mm Mk45 main gun
# 2 x Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system (CIWS)
# 2 x Type 68 triple torpedo tubes for 324 mm lightweight torpedoes

Aviation : 1 x hangar for a single SH-60K helicopter

4.Kolkata class(India)

Developed under Project-15A, the Kolkata class are the largest indigenously designed and built surface combatants in India. They are equipped with a wide variety of equipment from countries like Italy (main gun), Ukraine (gas turbines), Israel (Jointly developed LR-SAM) and Russia (Jointly developed BrahMos), which gives it the advantage of having cutting edge technology from the east and the west, infused into an Indian platform.

Displacing 7500 tons , the Kolkata class is the most powerful warship class in the Indian fleet,- This Destroyer has the most advanced weapons platform out of any Destroyers out there. The Kolkata Class Destroyer is equipped with 16 x BrahMos missiles for Anti-ship/land role. BrahMos is the fastest and most advanced Cruise missiles in the World today.

Strength: Fully Multi-role

Propulsion:
Combined Gas And Gas (COGAG) propulsion with 4 x Zorya DT-59 gas turbines.
2 × KVM-diesel engines generating 7,400 kW each

Sensors

·IAI EL/M-2248 MF-STARAESA multi-function radar
·Thales LW-08 D-band air search radar
·IAI EL/M-2238 L-band STAR surveillance radar
·BEL HUMSA-NG bow sonar
·BEL Nagin active towed array sonar
·BEL Electronic Modular Command & Control Applications (EMCCA Mk4) combat management system
Electronic warfare
& decoys: Elbit Systems Deseaver MK II counter-measures systems and defensive aids suite

Armament: ·Anti-air missiles:
·4 × 8-cell VLS , for a total of 32
·Barak 8 missiles (Range: 0.5 km (0.31 mi) to 90 km (56 mi))
·Anti-ship/Land-attack missiles:
·2 × 8-cell UVLM for 16 BrahMos anti-ship and land-attack missiles
·Guns:
·1 × 76 mm gun Oto Melara SRGM
·4 × AK-630 CIWS
·Anti-submarine warfare:
·4 × Mark 46 torpedo Torpedo tubes
·2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine

Aviation: 2 x multirole helicopters. Seaking or Dhruv

3.Type-52D(China)

The successor of the highly capable Type-52C destroyers, the 52D incorporates several significant improvements from guns, radars to missile launchers. These 7500-ton destroyers are being mass produced and are expected to form the core of the PLAN’s blue-water ambitions. The highlight of the ship is its Universal Vertical Launch System, which allows a single launcher to fire a variety of missiles ranging from surface to air, anti-submarine, anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles.
This technology, which was pioneered by the US, has now been perfected by the Chinese as well, making them the second country to do so (The VLS systems like UKSK and Sylver are not truly universal). These ships are expected to be further improved upon and the result is expected to be the all-powerful Type 55 destroyer. Recently, the 12th destroyer was launched and 1 of these destroyers has already been deployed as part of the Liaoning carrier battle group.

Strength: Fully Multi-role

Propulsion: Combined Diesel Or Gas (CODOG) propulsion with 2 x QC280 gas turbines generating 28 MW each and 2 x MTU diesel engines generating 6 MW each for a total of 68 MW.

Sensors:
# 4-face S-band AESA radar mounted on superstructure for long range search, tracking and surface to air missile guidance.
# Type 517 Very High Frequency (VHF) long-range radar for early warning.
# Type 366 radar for anti-ship missile guidance
# Active/passive bow mounted sonar
# Towed array sonar

Armament:

# 1 x 130 mm main gun
# 2 x 30 mm guns
# 1 x Type 1130 11-barrelled 30 mm CIWS
# 1 x FL3000N short range SAM launcher with 24 missiles
# 2 x triple lightweight torpedo tubes
64 cell Universal Vertical Launch System for a mix of the following missiles
# YJ-18 anti-ship missile with 450+ km range, subsonic cruise and terminal supersonic speeds.
# CJ-10 land attack cruise missile with 1500+ km range and 500 kg warhead
# CY-5 ASW missile with a lightweight torpedo as warhead
# HQ-9 long range SAM with 200 km range
# HQ-16 medium range SAM

Aviation : Hangar for 1 x Ka-28 or Z-9 ASW helicopter.

2. Arleigh Burke class(USA)

The Arleigh Burke class is the most successful destroyer class in the world, with 62 warships in service and 7 more under construction. The reduction in the number of Zumwalt-class destroyers to 3 from 32 is going to give a further boost to the Arleigh Burke class, as it is the only destroyer in mass production for now. The number of units is expected to swell to around 80 ships by 2025 with the induction of the improved Flight III ships.
Since their introduction in 1991, they have served in every theater of conflict for the US Navy and carried out escort missions, deterrence patrols, anti-piracy missions, ballistic missile defense duties, land attack, anti-air and HADR (humanitarian and disaster relief) missions, making it rich in terms of combat experience. These 9800-ton ships have powerful radars, a large missile armament, and continuous upgrades, which make them suited to handle any threat in any ocean in the world.
Strength: Fully Multi-role
Propulsion:
COGAG propulsion with each ship powered by 4 x LM2500 gas turbines, each generating 19,800 kW.
Total output: 79,000 kW. It has a range of around 10,000 km at a speed of 18 knots.
Sensors:
# SPY-1D Passive Electronically Scanning Array (PESA) radar with 4 panels, operating in the S-band for air/surface search and target tracking. It has a range of 350+ km.
# 3 x SPG-62 illuminators to provide terminal target illumination for its semi-active radar homing SAMs.
# 1 x SPS-67 surface search radar
# 1 x bow mounted sonar
# 1 x towed array sonar
Armament:
# 96 x cell Mk 41 VLS ( 32 fore and 64 aft) for a mix of
1. SM-2 (150+ km range)
ESSM (50 km range) 4 missiles per cell
2.SM-3 (exo-atmospheric anti-ballistic missile)
3.SM-6 (350 km range) surface to air missiles
# Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles (1500+ km range)
# ASROC anti-submarine missiles
# 8 x Harpoon anti-ship missiles
# 1 x 127 mm Mk45 main gun
# 2 x 25 mm Bushmaster cannons for asymmetric threats
# 1 x Phalanx 20 mm close-in weapons system (CIWS)
# 2 x triple torpedo tubes for 324 mm lightweight torpedoes

Aviation : 2 x hangars for S-70B/MH60R Seahawk

1. King Sejong the Great class(South Korea)

These ships were built in a very short duration (around 2 years) and also possess the distinction of being the world’s largest destroyer, displacing a mammoth 11,000 tons when fully loaded. Based on the Arleigh Burke design, they have a comprehensive sensor and weapons suite which enables them to carry out basically any mission from cruise missile defense to attacking land targets 1500 km away to high-intensity anti-submarine warfare.
A single warship of this class can obliterate the entire North Korean surface, sub-surface fleet and pound targets deep within their territory without breaking a sweat. The powerful on-board radars are often used for tracking North Korean space and missile launches. 3 additional ships have been approved for construction to complement the existing 3 in service.
Strength: Fully Multi-role
Propulsion: COGAG arrangement with 4 x GE LM2500 gas turbines generating a total of 75 MW
Sensors:
# SPY-1D Passive Electronically Scanning Array (PESA) radar with 4 panels, operating in the S-band for air/surface search and target tracking. It has a range of 350+ km.
# 3 x SPG-62 fire control radar for providing terminal illumination for the SAMs
# Sagem Infrared Search & Track (IRST) system for passive detection of cruise missiles, aircraft, and other asymmetric threats
# DSQS-21BZ hull mounted sonar
# Towed array sonar system
# RAM launcher (left) and an octagonal SPY radar panel is visible
Armament:
# 1 x 127 mm Mk45 main gun
# 1 x 30 mm Goalkeeper CIWS
# 1 x RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) # CIWS with 21 missiles
# 80 cell Mk41 VLS for SM-2 Blk III surface to air missiles with 150+ km range
# 16 x SSM700K anti-ship missiles with 150+ km range
# 48 cell K-VLS cells for a mixture of 32 Hyunmoo III land attack cruise missiles with 1000+ km range and 16 Red Shark anti-submarine rockets
# 2 x triple launchers for Blue Shark lightweight torpedoes

Aviation : Hangar for 2 x SH-60 Seahawk

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