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KONGO missile destroyers (1993 - 1998)


Chokai 2008 Many thanks to ChangZhi Wang for additional information on this page.


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
こんごう [Kongo] DDG173   Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 8.5.1990 26.8.1991 25.3.1993 in service (2019)
きりしま [Kirishima] DDG174   Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 7.4.1992 19.8.1993 16.3.1995 in service (2019)
みょうこう [Myoko] DDG175   Mitsubishi, Nagasaki 8.4.1993 5.10.1994 14.3.1996 in service (2019)
ちょうかい [Chokai] DDG176   IHI, Tokyo 29.5.1995 27.8.1996 20.3.1998 in service (2019)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

150.5 pp 161.0 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m

6.20 hull

No of shafts



COGAG: 4 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines

Power, h. p.


Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

gas turbine oil 1000

Endurance, nm(kts)4500(20)

2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84), (1 x 61 + 1 x 29) Standard SM-2MR Block III SAM / ASROC VLA ASuR Mk 41 VLS (74 RIM-66, 16 RUM-139), 1 x 1 - 127/54 OTO-Melara Compact, 2 x 6 - 20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 x 3 - 324 HOS-302 TT, helicopter deck

Electronic equipment

SPY-1D, OPS-28D, 3x SPG-62, FCS-2-23, OPS-20, 2x Mk 90 radars, OQS-102, OQR-2 sonars, NOLQ-2, OLT-3, OPN-7B ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, OYQ-6 CCS



Standard scale images

<i>Kongo </i>2000
Kongo 2000


<i>Chokai </i>2008 <i>Many thanks to ChangZhi Wang for additional information on this page.</i>
Chokai 2008 Many thanks to ChangZhi Wang for additional information on this page.

Project history

The design is an enlarged version of the U.S. Arleigh Burke flight I-class adding a backup surface/air-search radar, using a faster-firing 127mm gun with a dedicated fire-control system, and incorporating a more elaborate EW system with active jamming. Aegis Baseline 5 or Baseline J2 based. First ship was ordered in 1988. The great expense caused considerable resistance to the program, delaying its start by two years. The ships are intended to assist in the aerial defense of Japan as well as acting as AAW escorts for task forces.

Are equipped with the U.S. Prairie/Masker bubbler noise-radiation suppression system and have infrared exhaust signature provisions. Do not have fin stabilizers, relying on broad, fixed bilge keels and hullform for roll reduction. The deck abaft the after VLS missile installation is intended for use as a helicopter platform, but there is no hangar or deck-handling gear; twin stabilized horizon indicators are carried on the after superstructure to aid landings.

The VLS cells hold 61 missiles aft, 29 forward. The SPG-62 radar illuminators support three Mk 99 Mod. 1 missile fire-control direction systems, and the underwater battery fire-control system is the U.S. Mk 116 Mod. 7. The OQS-102 sonar is equivalent to the U.S. SQS-53C. The 12.7-mm mg and night-vision equipment were added to detect and deter infiltration craft.


2007, Kongo; 2008, Chokai; 2009, Myoko; 2010, Kirishima: + ability to carry Standard SM-3 Block IA (RIM-161) SAM

Naval service

No significant events.

Many thanks to ChangZhi Wang for additional information on this page.