CHINA TO PUT TWO RUSSIAN-BUILT DESTROYERS TO COMBAT DUTY
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CHINA TO PUT TWO RUSSIAN-BUILT DESTROYERS TO COMBAT DUTY

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) The national radio station of Russia reported in a Mandarin broadcast last weekend that two Russian-built destroyers equipped with supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles will be put on combat duty in the mainland Chinese Navy next year.

The broadcast monitored here said the supersonic anti-ship cruise missile is the most advanced anti-ship weapon in the world today. It may be the "Moskit Guided Missile" mentioned in a study released in October 1997 by the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, an expert here said Monday.

The two destroyers are built by Russia's Northern Shipyard, which built 17 destroyers of this kind between 1981 and 1993. The two destroyers are also equipped with anti-submarine systems and other modern weapons, the broadcast added.