Discussion in 'China' started by cir, May 23, 2012.
First of manyã€manyã€many to comeï¼š
This is the basic typeã€‚ There will be several variants for different roles such as ASW etcã€‚
Congrats to China and you.
Yet some small facts and summaries :
These corvetts are support vessels in flotillas.
Mainly against Vietnam and Phillipines whom they can outgun.
Can Pose serious threat to Taiwanese vessels.
But no match for peer group competition like Japan or US.
Detailed review :
2012-05-22 (China Military News cited from taipeitimes.com) -- A new type of Chinese missile corvette, the principal role for which might be to project power in the South China Sea, could be launched â€œwithin days,â€ military watchers said on the weekend.
Talk of a Type 056 class first emerged in late 2010. So far, little technical information has been released about the corvettes, which are believed to lie in the 1,400-to-1,700-tonne category.
Type 056 corvette (left) and Type 054A frigate in Huangpu Ship Yard
Two shipyards, Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai and Huangpu Shipyard in Guangzhou, are engaged in what appears to be a race to complete the vessels.
Officials at Hudong reportedly announced late last week that the first Type 056 corvette could be launched â€œwithin days,â€ with possible commissioning at the end of this year.
A total of four hulls are known to be under construction, with completion expected to follow soon after the delivery of the lead ship.
Designs of the Type 056 show fin stabilization for high seas navigation with weapons including a 76mm main gun, four surface-to-surface missile (SSM) launchers â€” reportedly YJ-83 SSMs, the latest Chinese design â€” and one FL-1000 surface-to-air missile launcher.
The corvette could also come equipped with torpedoes for limited anti-submarine capability.
It also has a helipad large enough to accommodate vertical takeoff and landing for unmanned -aerial vehicles.
Analysts believe the Type 056 could replace or augment the six Type 037 Houjian 528 fast-attack craft that have been based in Hong Kong since 1997, with future production for other Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleets, where they could replace aging attack craft and frigates. The corvette could also be intended for export markets, with reports that the Bangladeshi navy has already -expressed interest in its acquisition.
The new corvettes will fill a gap between smaller offshore patrol vessels and larger frigates and could be ideal for action in the South China Sea, where China is embroiled in disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines.
Analysts believe medium-sized ships like the Type 056 are better suited to combat light missile frigates with similar displacement already deployed by competitors in the volatile, mineral-rich body of water.
Beyond Chinaâ€™s disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea, the new corvettes could also play a role in a conflict with Taiwan.
â€œThe Type 056 looks like a rough match for the Taiwan Navyâ€™s Lafayette frigates on a one-to-one basis,â€ James Holmes of the US Naval War College told the Taipei Times by e-mail last night. â€œOperated in â€˜distributedâ€™ fashion â€” multiple units networked to act in concert, combining their sensors and armaments â€” it would pose a serious challenge to Taiwanâ€™s surface fleet in high-intensity combat.â€
However, warships like the Type 056 are intended more to serve in a flotilla than to take part in major naval actions, Holmes said.
"Their armament is modest, but they outgun most competitors theyâ€™re likely to encounter in the South China Sea. Theyâ€™re less useful in the Yellow and East China seas, where the competition is stiffer since the Japan Marine [sic] Self[-]Defense Force and the US Seventh Fleet are there,â€ he said.
In related developments, reports said on the weekend that the FFG 572 Yueyang â€” the 14th Type 054A destroyer in the PLAN â€” is scheduled to be commissioned with the 9th Destroyer Squadron in the South Sea Fleet sometime next year.
54a is a frigate. 52c is a destroyer
quoted from chinese media, thanks for correction.
2nd Type 056 light FFG readying herself for launchï¼š
At least 4 more will be launched during the rest of the year at 4 different yardsã€‚
HPâ€˜s 1st 056 all set for launchï¼š
HP's 2nd 056 clearly visible right behind the 1stï¼š
China has enough ships to impose herself in the South China Sea and the corvette will hardly make a difference to the issue.
It is basically towards the Chinese quest for a Blue Water Navy, which it still has not achieved.
China's current naval assets are not formidable to challenge the US Naval Pacific might.
i think the new series of ships indicate china is not a push over like before when luda class destroyer was introduced. its rapid military development are quickly catching up to western standard both in quantity and quality. it can't match US navy even in 20yrs, but compare to UK, Japan etc its very close, and china will continue grow its navy.
Uk & Japan ??
May be in numbers but not technologically..
YES, JAPAN and UK have great assembling techniques.
they use made in US gas turbine,made in US missiles , made in US radars ......and build their own ship.
Preciously, Latest technology advance in these ships which makes them technically superior..
r o f l ..
Their NAVY's quality and quantity are controlled by US.
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