Friday, 15 April 2016 08:19
Recent images from China are showing two People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Project 956E Sovremennyy destroyers undergoing major refit and upgrade. It appears that the PLAN is upgrading its class of four destroyers (two 956E followed by two improved 956EM) acquired from Russia with domestic systems.
Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806 in Zhoushan. Hangzhou has many of its systems removed including the main gun, sensor and masts, missile launchers (both SAM and ASM).
The pictures show first ship of the class Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137) moored at the PLAN naval shipyard 4806 in Zhoushan (a prefecture-level city in northeastern Zhejiang province of Eastern China) at different stage in the upgrade. Hangzhou has many of its systems removed including the main gun, sensors and masts, missile launchers (both SAM and ASM).
According to Navy Recognition sources, the upgrade program for all four ships of the class should see:
– All original electronic systems and sensors replaced by modern Chinese ones.
– The two 3S90 (Uragan) unitary launchers for 9M38 surface to air missiles are getting replaced by a couple of Vertical Launch Systems (2×4 or possibly 2×8 cells) forward and aft. The missiles will likely be the HQ-16C, the latest variant of the HQ-16 naval SAM missile.
– The two KT-190 quadruple launchers for 3M80E (P-270 Moskit or NATO designation SS-N-22 Sunburn) are likely being replaced by YJ-12A missiles.
The YJ-12A is a next generation Chinese supersonic anti-ship missile. It was unveiled for the first time last year during the victory day parade.
Last but not least, the Project 956E should retain their AK-130 main guns forward and aft.
Satellite view of Hangzhou (136) and Fuzhou (137). VLS systems are being installed on Hangzhou.Blue print of Sovremennyy showing space availability below the original SAM launchers for installation of vertical launch systems.The YJ-12A is a next generation Chinese supersonic anti-ship missile. It was unveiled for the first time last year during the victory day parade.
Original post navyrecognition.com
FL-3000N / HHQ-10 Missile CIWS Air Defense System
The FL-3000N is the export designation of the HHQ-10 short-range Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) Air Defense System and developed by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).
The FL-3000N is designed to protect ships against saturation attacks and is very similar to Raytheon’s RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM). Both subsonic and supersonic threats can be engaged as well as multiple, highly maneuverable or sea-skimming targets simultaneously.
The fire-and-forget missiles contain a dual Passive Radio Frequency and Imaging Infra-Red seeker for guidance. Missiles can be launched at intervals of three seconds and lock on after launch. The HHQ-10 system has been installed on the Liaoning aircraft carrier and Type 056 class corvettes.
Maximum range: 9 km
Maximum speed: Mach 2.5
Length: 2 m
Diameter: 0.12 m
The HongQi-16 (HQ-16) is a third generation Chinese land-based mid-range surface-to-air missile defense system. It is similar to Russia’s SA-11 Gadfly or SA-17 Grizzly, and seems to be an evolved, Chinese version of those system. Not much else is known about this new system, but there are reports stating that it can intercept very low-flying targets at maximum distance of 40km. The HQ-16 is said to be more accurate than previous mid-range defense systems and fills in the performance gaps of the HQ-7 and HQ-9.
Chinese news websites report that the HQ-16’s performance data is roughly:
- Effective range of 1.5-30 km
- Effective Altitude of 10-6000 meters
- Single hit probability of 0.7-0.98
- Reaction time 5-8 seconds
- 9 m long missile
- Projectile diameter 0.232 m
- Weighs 165 kg
- Warhead weight of 17 kg
- Maximum flight speed of Mach 2.8.
YJ-12 supersonic missile: Details