List of the 6 Best Warships in the World, 4 of them are from ASIA

List of the 6 Best Warships in the World, 4 of them are from ASIA
List of the 6 Best Warships in the World, 4 of them are from ASIA

International Military
- A country's military strength is often associated with its Navy fleet. That is what makes many countries vying to produce warships to be the best on the battlefield.

The world always reflects that the United States (US) has the best fleet of warships. However, the US itself is a headache because they have to think about China's growing fleet of warships.

Some experts estimate China could build three warships in the time it takes the US to build one. For this reason, the US also invited its alliance to produce warships. It is South Korea and Japan that produce several warships with the highest specifications.

Few military experts say countries are buying ships from South Korea and Japan as a cost-effective way to close the gap with China. Here are the 6 best warships in the world.

1. Type 055, China

The United States estimates China's navy currently has about 340 warships, while the US has less than 300. It estimates China's fleet will grow to 400 in the next two years, while the US fleet will take until 2045 to reach 350.

Some of the ships that China manufactures have arguably greater firepower than some of the US ships. Weighing 12,000 to 13,000 tons, the Type 055 is larger than a typical destroyer (closer in size to the US Navy's Ticonderoga-class cruisers).

The ship has 112 vertical launch system (VLS) cells that fire surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. The proud thing is that the ship has a sophisticated radio system and an anti-submarine weapons system.

2. Sejong the Great, South Korea

Sejong the Great, priced at around USD925 million each, is the pride of the South Korean fleet. "With this one ship, (the South Korean Navy) can cope with several simultaneous situations - anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine, anti-surface - and defend against ballistic missiles," said South Korea's Defense Media Agency.

Retired South Korean Admiral Duk-ki Kim, Sejong's first captain, said it was more than a match for the Chinese Type 055. “China is focusing on quantity and price competition rather than the quality of its ships,” Kim, now vice president of the Korean Association of Military Studies, told CNN.

3. Maya, Japan

“Japan also has world-class destroyers”, said Alessio Patalano, professor of warfare and strategy at King's College in London. The country's newest Maya-class destroyers are armed with 96 VLS cells that can fire anti-ballistic and anti-submarine missiles, while “The quality of the sensors and systems is at the very high end of the spectrum,” says Patalano.

Last November, the Maya warships demonstrated their ability to destroy ballistic missiles traveling outside Earth's atmosphere. Compared with the warship Arleigh Burkes cost USD 2.2 billion; Maya's ship costs a billion dollars less. In other words, the Maya ship represents "quantity and quality":

They are high-spec, (relatively) low-cost, and can get a production line up and running quickly. “While Chinese shipbuilding demonstrates an extraordinary capacity for mass production, Japan leads the way in affordable quality on a larger scale than most naval powers. That balance, and experience in philosophy, is the real advantage,” said Patalano.

4. Mogami, Japan

The Mogami is a fast 5,500 ton warship capable of firing surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles. All carried out with a crew of 90 and a price tag of around ISD372 million each.

5. Zumwalt, United States

The US Navy's three Zumwalt destroyers are valued at around $8 billion each, but it's unclear how they match up with the rest of the fleet. Meanwhile, several US littoral warships, each costing more than $350 million, are expected to be decommissioned before they have even served a third of their lives.

6. Arleigh Burke, United States

The ship's production cost reached USD 2.2 billion with a cabin crew of 359 people. The missile system on the ship is capable of firing 96 rounds of anti-ship missiles, and launching attacks on land.

US Navy spokesman Travis Callaghan said, “The Navy currently has a large number of ships under construction and contracting at several shipyards. We have also made and continue to make significant investments in our shipyards to increase and maximize capacity. The US Navy is committed to providing a ready, modern, and capable naval force that continues to be the nation's principal instrument of sea control both now and into the future."

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