Another corvette joins China’s East Sea Fleet
Type 056 class: Details
The Type 056 (Western reporting name: Jiangdao) is a mass-produced corvette class intended for operations both close to and far away from the shore. These corvettes can be used for a number of different missions.
The first Type 056 corvette was adopted by the Chinese Navy in 2013 for the Chinese Navy. It is currently replacing a number of older patrol craft, corvettes and frigates in Chinese service. In addition, the Type 056 has been exported to Nigeria and Bangladesh.
The Type 056 is suitable for “green-water” operations. Basically, its design (and particularly its draught) is small enough for shallow coastal service, but seaworthy and large enough for open sea patrols. Nevertheless, it is still not a true open sea ship.
The Type 056 is fitted with a number of stealth features, although it is certainly not a stealth ship. These features include sloped surfaces and a compact superstructure.
The Type 056 augments the Type 022 missile boats in coastal patrols and the Type 054A class frigates in open sea operations.
The Type 056 incorporates a high level of automation, reducing crew size.
Despite its small size, the Type 056 packs a sizeable punch. It is a competent Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) vessel with two 324 mm torpedo tubes and landing pad, but not a hanger, for a single Z-9C helicopter. This helicopter can use radar, sonar, and anti-submarine torpedoes. Also, according to some sources, the Type 056 warship has Type 87 anti-submarine rockets. The equipping of the newer variants with towed and variable depth sonars indicates that a major role, perhaps the main role, of the Type 056 Class is anti-submarine warfare.
|Country of origin||China|
|Dimensions and displacement|
|Displacement, standard||~ 1 300 tons|
|Displacement, full load||1 500 tons|
|Propulsion and speed|
|Range||6 500 km at 16 knots|
|Propulsion||2 x SEMT diesel engines, generating 6 900 hp each|
|Helicopters||1 x Z-9C|
|Artillery||1 x 76-mm gun, 2 x 30-mm CIWS|
|Missiles||4 x JY-83 anti-ship missiles, 1 x FL-3000N launcher with 8 HQ-10 SAM missiles|
|Torpedoes||2 x 324 mm torpedo tubes|
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