Type 056 Jiangdao is a new class of stealth corvettes being built by four Chinese shipbuilders to replace the ageing Type 037 fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
Type 037 corvette
The Type 037 corvette is a series 400-500 ton corvette type classes in service with the Peoples Liberation Army Navy. Unlike western navies, the Peoples Liberation Army Navy does not have dedicated patrol boats in its inventory. Instead, a large variety of corvette type classes, in the form of missile boats and submarine chasers fulfill the tasks of patrolling China’s territorial waters. The Egyptian Navy operates eight vessels.
|Operators:||People’s Liberation Army Navy|
|Succeeded by:||Type 037I (Haiqing-class)|
|Lost:||1 (North Korean)|
|Displacement:||430 tonnes (420 long tons; 470 short tons)|
|Length:||58.77 m (192 ft 10 in)|
|Beam:||7.2 m (23 ft 7 in)|
|Draft:||2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)|
|Propulsion:||·4 × diesel engines, 8,800 hp (6,562 kW)
·4 × shafts
|Speed:||30.5 knots (56.5 km/h; 35.1 mph)|
|Range:||2,000 nmi (3,700 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|·1 × Pot Head surface search radar
·1 × Soviet Tamir-II hull mounted or SJD-3 telescoping high frequency active sonar
|Armament:||·4 × Chinese Type 66 57 mm (2.2 in) guns (2×2)
·4 × Chinese Type 6125 mm (0.98 in) guns (2×2)
·4 × RBU-1200 or Type 81 ASW rocket launchers
·2 × depth charge rails with more than 20 depth charges, and mine rails (10 mines total)
The PLA Navy plans to procure 20 corvettes in the first batch. It currently operates ten Type 056 ships, while the remaining vessels are in various stages of construction.
The Jiangdao Class corvette can be deployed in patrol, escort, search-and-rescue, surveillance, exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection, electronic warfare (EW), fishery resources protection, anti-aircraft warfare (AAW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASUW) operations.
Construction of Jiangdao Class corvettes
The stealth corvette class is under construction at Wuchang, Huangpu, Hudong-Zhongua and Liaonan shipyards.
The lead ship in class, Bengbu (582), was rolled out in May 2012 and began sea trials in November 2012. The vessel entered service with the East Sea Fleet in February 2013. The second frigate, Huizhou (596), was launched in June 2012 and commissioned into the Hong Kong Garrison in July 2013.
The third vessel, Meizhou (584), was launched in July 2012 and deployed in the South China Sea Fleet in July 2013. Datong (580) was rolled out in August 2012 and entered service with the North China Sea Fleet in May 2013.
Shangrao (583) was launched in August 2012 and entered service with the East Sea Fleet in June 2013. Qinzhou (597) was launched in August 2012 and commissioned into the Hong Kong Garrison in July 2013.
Baise (585) was launched in October 2012 and entered service with the South China Sea Fleet in October 2013. Yingkou (581) was launched in November 2012 and deployed in the North China Sea Fleet in August 2013.
Ji’an (586) was rolled out in February 2013 and commissioned into the East China Sea Fleet in January 2014. The tenth frigate in the class, Jieyang (587), was launched in January 2013 and entered service with the South China Sea Fleet in January 2014.
Quanzhou (588) and Suqian (FFG 593) were launched in June 2013 and November 2013 respectively.
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Design and features of Type 056 corvettes
The Type 056 corvette is the first Chinese modular warship that can be deployed as an offshore patrol vessel or a multi-role frigate. The vessel features stealthy hull design integrating sloped surface and compact superstructure.
The type 056 class fills the gap between the 4000-ton 054A class frigate and 220-ton 022 class FAC. As of now, at least nine other 056s have already been launched by the four shipyards building them. The overall number of this class is expected to be between the final count of 054A (probably around 20) and 022 (around 80). They are expected to replace the 10 Type 053 class Jianghu frigates currently serving in the South China Sea Patrol flotilla and the close to 50 Type 037 class missile boats.
In many ways, the type 056 hull is based on the Pattani class OPV that China built for Thailand from 2005 to 2006, although more signature reduction work is done such as the shielding of the funnels. Source usni.org
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Royal Thai Navy Pattani class OPV
HTMS Pattani (511)
His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Pattani was the first of two such vessels ordered from China Shipbuilding in 2003. The classification of these ships is confused, as they are sometimes called Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), but possibly they are too heavily armed for that appelation, and frequently called frigates, but possibly their displacement is closer to that of a corvette. The Thai Navy’s Pattani-class OPV bears a resemblance to the subsequent Chinese Type 056 corvette / light frigate, though the later is up-gunned relative to the the Thai OPV, with four YJ-3/C803 ASM and a FL-3000N RAM launcher aft, while the former has a much taller superstructure.
The Pattani is an interesting example of how Chinese hulls can be integrated with Western, sensors and weapons systems. Not much has been heard about its performance or build quality, but both were said to be better built than the older Chinese frigates.
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|Length||95.5 meters / 310 feet|
|Displacement, Full Load||1,440 tons|
|Engines||2 x Ruston 16RK270 diesel engine|
|Range||3,500nm @ 15kts|
|Armament||1 x 76mm 62 Caliber OTO-Melara SuperRapid DP
2 x 20mm 70-caliber AAA
2 x 12.7mm machine gun
Technical data globalsecurity.org
HTMS Narathiwat (512) – Image – thaifighterclub.org
The guided missile corvette has a length of 89m, beam of 11.6m and maximum draft of 4.4m. The full load displacement of the warship is 1,365t and crew capacity is 60.
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The deck of the vessel can accommodate one rigid hull inflatable boat and four inflatable life-rafts packed in hard-shelled canisters. The helicopter deck at the stern can support a Harbin Z-9C light utility helicopter.
Harbin Z-9C light utility helicopter: Details
Z-9C: Version for PLA Naval Air Force, for deployment aboard certain classes of destroyers and frigates; in service by late 2000. Believed to be equivalent to Arriel 2-engined Eurocopter AS 565 Panther, but equipped with Thales HS-12 dipping sonar and KLC-11/J-band (Chinese version of Agrion 15) surface search radar; armament includes two Yu-7 torpedoes or TV-guided C-701 anti-surface vessel missiles. Source aviastar.org
Type 056 Class sensors / radars
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The Type 056 corvette incorporates a Type 360 air/surface search radar, Type 760 navigation radar, Type LR-66 fire control radar, Type 754 helicopter control and approach radar, and a hull mounted sonar.
Type 360 air/surface search radar
The air/surface search radar is the Type 360S E/F-band, mounted at the top of the forward mast
The Type 360 is an air/surface search radar manufactured by Yangzhou Marine Electronic Instruments Research Institute (扬州船用电子仪器研究所)/ No. 723 Institute and is reportedly based on Selenia RAN-10S / SPS – 774.
(Specs based on RAN-10S)
- Beam: 1.5° × 17° (coverage to 60° elevation)
- Peak Power: 140 kW
- Gain: 28 dB
- Burst width: 20.8 (compressed to 0.4) microseconds
- PRF: 900 pps
- Scan Rate: 15 or 30 rpm
- Max altitude: 10,000 m
- Mast weight: 900 kg
- Antenna dimensions: 4.3 m × 0.7 m
- Other features:
- Phased coded burst pulse, each burst consist of 4 pulses and frequency agile transmitter
- Separate IFF antenna (4 × yagi) installed on top of antenna.
- Other reported names:
|Type: Radar||Altitude Max: 10058 m|
|Range Max: 166.7 km||Altitude Min: 0 m|
|Range Min: 0.2 km||Generation: Early 1980s|
|Properties: Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) [Side Info], Moving Target Indicator (MTI), Pulse Doppler Radar (Full LDSD Capability)|
|Sensors / EW:|
|China Type 360 – (Sea Tiger, SR-60, S-3, Seagull-S) Radar
Role: Radar, Target Indicator, 2D Surface-to-Air & Surface-to-Surface
Max Range: 166.7 km
Type 347G/Type LR-66 fire control radar
Type 347G I-band radars – Image navyrecognition.com
Chinese Designation: Type 347G
Export Name: EFR-1
NATO Reporting Name: Rice Bowl
Role: Fire-control for the Type 76A dual-37mm AAA
Range: (2m2 RCS) 12km; or (0.1m2 RCS) 6km
Description: The Type 347G is believed to be based on the 1980s European (Italian) technology. The radar has been seen on many PRC-built surface combatants, in conjunction with the Type 76A dual-37mm AAA gun. Typically, the system consists of two Type 347G radars and four Type 76A guns on destroyers and frigates, and one radar and two AAA guns on smaller corvettes. Source globalmil.com
Variable depth sonar – Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant
The newly commissioned 1500-tonne corvette was named Liupanshui and given the pennant number 514. It is the tenth Type 056 to be built at the Huangpu shipyard as well as the tenth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variant (Type 056A) to enter service with the PLAN.
This variant is equipped with towed and variable depth sonars in addition to the standard fit of four anti-ship missile launchers, an H/PJ-26 single-barrelled 76 mm gun, two 30 mm H/PJ-17 mountings, an 8-cell HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missile launcher, and two triple-barrelled torpedo launchers. Source janes.com
|Type: VDS, Active/Passive Sonar||Altitude Max: 0 m|
|Range Max: 14.8 km||Altitude Min: 0 m|
|Range Min: 0 km||Generation: Early 1970s|
|Sensors / EW:|
|China SJD-X [Unknown VDS] – (Type 054++, Type 056 ASW) VDS, Active/Passive Sonar
Role: VDS, Active/Passive Variable Depth Sonar
Max Range: 14.8 km
The warship is also equipped with two jammers, decoy launchers, IR-17 optronics and a SITN240 SATCOM communication system.
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Weapon systems fitted to the Chinese warship
The corvette is armed with four YJ-83 (C-803) sea-skimming anti-ship cruise missiles, an AJK-10 (HQ-10) surface-to-air missile launcher and two 324mm triple torpedo tubes. The AJK-10 launcher can fire up to eight missiles.
Chinese Navy (PLAN) Type 056 Corvette test fires YJ-83 anti-ship missile
PLAN Type 056 Corvette Bengbu (first ship of the class) launches a YJ-83 anti-ship missile.
Picture: PLAN – Source navyrecognition.com
YJ-83 Anti-ship missile
The YJ-83 (YingJi-83 meaning Eagle Strike) was designed by the Third Academy of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation “CASIC” (HiWING Mechanical & Electrical Technology Corporation). The programme begun in the mid nineties and procurement with the PLAN begun in the late nineties. YJ-83 is a subsonic missile with a reported range of 150 Km (in its surface-launched version). It is a sea skeaming capable missile fitted with an active radar seeker. Source navyrecognition.com
The YJ-83 is a long-range anti-ship missile designed to meet the requirements of the PLA Navy (PLAN). The YJ-83 has a range of 150 to 200 kilometers and introduces a data-link to receive target updates from airborne assets such as helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft. The YJ-83 can fly at supersonic speeds (Mach 1.5) during the terminal phase of the flight (approx 15 kilometers). The PLAN is deploying the YJ-83 missile as the standard anti-ship missile onboard frigates and destroyers.
Diameter: 0.36 meter
Length: 6.39 meter (21.0 foot)
Wingspan: 1.22 meter
Max Range: 200 kilometer (108 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 0.90 mach (1,076 kph)
Top Speed: 1.50 mach (1,793 kph)
Warhead: 165 kilogram (364 pound)
AJK-10 (HQ-10) surface-to-air missile launcher
HHQ-10 (FL-3000N) short-range Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) Air Defense System
FL-3000N missile utilizes a combined guidance system that incorporates both passive radio frequency (RF) guidance and imaging infrared (ImIR) guidance. There are a pair of horn like protrusions mounted on the ImIR seeker at the tip of the missile, and these two protrusions are the passive RF seeker. An optional ImIR only guidance is also available and the missile is a fire and forget weapon.
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The fire control system (FCS) of FL-3000N can simultaneously control two launchers, and can be integrated into other FCS on board ships. Alternatively, FL-3000N is also capable being directly controlled by other FCS on board ships. The system is usually fully automatic without human intervention, but manual operation can be inserted when needed.
Image – errymath.blogspot.com
- Length: 2 meters
- Diameter: 0.12 meter
- Minimum range: < 500 meters
- Maximum range: > 9 km for subsonic targets, > 6 km for supersonic targets
- Guidance: passive RF + ImIR or ImIR only.
Video: 2 HQ-10 missiles intercept target missile
Two 324mm triple torpedo tubes
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YU-7 ASW torpedo
The Yu-7 is a lightweight torpedo of Chinese origin. Since 1984 China tried to copy and later produce under license the US Mk 46 torpedo. This proved to be difficult and a batch of Italian A.224S torpedoes was ordered and the two designs were mated. An electrically powered Yu-7 offspring called the ET-52 was developed and put into service before the development of the Yu-7 was finished.
Type-054A Frigate Anti-submarine Exercises – Image: errymath.blogspot.com
The Yu-7 is a mixture of the Mk 46 Mod 1 and Mod 2 with various components from the A.224S torpedo. The Yu-7 retains the complex Otto fuel engine which provides it with a better performance than the electrically powered ET-52. The layout is conventional with the seeker in the nose, the warhead in the middle and the fuel and engine at the rear.
The Yu-7 uses a combination of passive and active acoustic guidance. It is believed that the Mk 46 seeker design is retained but several components have been replaced by those from the A.224S.
|Platform||Aircraft, surface ships|
|Guidance||Active/passive acoustic seeker|
|Power supply||Otto Fuel II|
|Depth||6 to 400 m depth|
The corvette is equipped with an H/PJ-26 76mm main gun and is also fitted with two H/PJ-17 30mm dual mode remote controlled weapon systems, which can be operated automatically or manually.
H/PJ-26 76mm main gun
PJ26 single tube 76MM stealth gun
PJ26 single tube 76MM gun stealth based AK176 single tube 76.2 mm gun stealth modifications on the Russian ship. In early 2000 determined by the Zhengzhou Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (713) as chief engineer units, and thus responsible for the development, general contracting, Chen Ting Feng served as the chief architect and was completed in 2003.
Performance parameters (Russia AK176 type):
total weight: 11500kg (including the lower deck loader)
Range: 11.5 ~ 15.5km
Rate of fire: 60 to 120 rounds / min
reserve ammunition: 152 Hair
barrel tilt range: -15 to +85 degree
level cyclotron range: about 175 degrees
H/PJ-17 30mm dual mode remote controlled weapon system
Image – haijun360.com
Abbreviation: H / PJ17 single 30 mm gun, the Department finalized in 2010, 2011, appeared last single tube 30mm guns. Use the gun Norinco 206 LLP12A developed new fire control systems, radar and optical telecommunications channels, equipped with automatic boot photoelectric stations. The first four of this type of gun installed in 2011 in China Qinghai Lake No. 885 Navy offshore supply ship. Also can be used as the main gun mounted on small ships, Fitness, good, new naval weapon against small targets at sea. Source haijun360.com
|Properties: Capable vs Seaskimmer|
|Targets: Aircraft, Helicopter, Missile, Surface Vessel|
|30mm China H/PJ-17 [20 rnds] – Gun
Air Max: 1.9 km. Surface Max: 2.8 km.
Engine and performance
The Jiangdao class corvette is powered by two SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine engines driving two shafts. Each engine generates a power output of 5,148kW. The vessel can sail at a maximum speed of more than 30kt and has a range of over 2,000nm at 18kt speed.
S.E.M.T. Pielstick PA6-STC Marine Engine
|Cylinder bore||280 mm|
|Piston stroke||290 mm|
|Power per cylinder||324 kW|
|Specific fuel consumption||202 g/kWh|
|Engine type||Cycl. No.||Maximal continuous rating kW||Dimensions (mm)||Dry mass t|
Technical data ims-germany.com
|Country of origin||China|
|Crew||60 – 73 men|
|Sea endurance||20 days (?)|
|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||CODAD propulsion with two SEMT diesel engines, generating 6 900 hp each. Power delivered to 2 shafts|
|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 8-cell FL-3000N launcher with HQ-10 SAM missiles|
|Torpedoes||2 x 324 mm torpedo tubes|
Technical data military-today.com
Main material source naval-technology.com
The P18 corvette is the export version of the Type 056. The P18 is advertised as displacing 1800 tons, with a 95 m. length and a 12 m. beam; the powerplant is two MTU 20V 4000M diesel engines, for a maximum speed of 25 knots (46 km/h); armament may include a 76 mm. gun, two 30 mm. cannons, up to eight anti anti-ship missiles, and two triple torpedo launchers; a medium-sized helicopter may be carried.
In 2014, the P18 was reportedly considered by Kazakhstan to fill a requirement for up to nine ships.
In late-2014, Argentina reportedly agreed to purchase five P18s, two to be built in China, and the remainder to be co-produced in Argentina. The ships would be called the Malvinas-class, and have towed array sonar and an enlarged landing deck to handle Sea King helicopters. Each ship may cost US$50 million.
The C13B corvette is the P18 variant under construction for the Bangladesh Navy. The corvette displaces 1330 tons and is 90 m. long. It is armed with a H/PJ-26 76 mm. gun, C-803 anti-ship missiles, FL-3000N SAMs and Two H/PJ-17 30mm remote controlled gun turrets. The C13B lacks sonar and ASW weapons. Like the Type 056, there is a helicopter pad but no hangar. The corvette has a reported speed of 25 knots (46 km/h).
Shadhinota (F111) – Image shipspotting.com
Two corvettes were ordered from Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan,reportedly in October 2012. Shadhinota (F111), the lead ship, was launched on 30 November 2014. Shadhinota and Prottoy were undergoing initial sea trials in early July 2015, but were not yet completely fitted out. Both were expected to enter service in December 2015. Both ships arrived in Chittagong, their home port, on 10 January 2016.
Two more corvettes were ordered in July 2015 and they are under construction now.
The P18N offshore patrol vessel (OPV) is the variant operated by the Nigerian Navy. The P18N displaces 1800 tons, is 95 m. long, has an endurance of 20 days, a maximum speed of 21 knots (39 km/h) and a range of 3,000 nautical miles (5,600 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h). It has a crew of 75. Armament is reportedly a single NG-16-1 76 mm. gun with a TR47 fire-control radar, two 30 mm. guns, and two 20 mm. guns. The class has an Oil Support Recovery System to combat oil spills. Unlike the Type 056, the P18N has a helicopter hangar.
NNS Centenary (F91)
Nigeria ordered two P18Ns from CSOC in April 2012 for US$42 million each. The first was slated to be completed in China, with the final 50–70% of the second being completed at the Nigerian Naval Shipyard in Port Harcourt; CSOC was contracted to upgrade the shipyard to facilitate this.
NNS Centenary (F91), the first P18N, was built at the Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan. It was launched January 2014 and completed trials in October 2014. Centenary left China in December 2014 and arrived in Lagos, Nigeria in February 2015; it was commissioned the same month. Delivery was originally expected in mid-2014.
The second OPV, NNS Unity (F92), was reported in February 2015 to be undergoing outfitting at Wuchang, and was expected to be delivered in 2015. Nigeria had originally expected to receive it in mid-2014 for completion at Port Harcourt.
Ships in class
|501||信阳 / Xinyang||March 2015||North Sea Fleet||Active|
|505||秦皇岛 / Qinhuangdao||Hudong||October 2014||16 October 2015||North Sea Fleet||Active|
|580||大同 / Datong||May 2013||Active|
|581||营口 / Yingkou||August 2013||North Sea Fleet||Active|
|582||蚌埠 / Bengbu||February 2013||Active|
|583||上饶 / Shangrao|
|584||梅州 / Meizhou||July 2013||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|586||吉安 / Ji’an|
|587||揭阳 / Jieyang||January 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|588||泉州 / Quanzhou||August 2014||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|589||清远 / Qingyuan||Huangpu||June 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|590||威海 / Weihai|
|592||泸州 / Luzhou||Wuhan||June 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|596||惠州 / Huizhou||July 2013||Hong Kong Garrison||Active|
|597||钦州 / Qinzhou||July 2013||Hong Kong Garrison||Active|
|502||黄石 / Huangshi||Hudong||March 2015||North Sea Fleet||Active|
|593||三门峡 / Sanmenxia||Hudong||November 2013||November 2014||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|594||株洲 / Zhuzhou||November 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|F111||Shadhinota||Wuchang||30 November 2014||11 December 2015||Active|
|F112||Prottoy||Wuchang||11 December 2015||Active|
|F91||Centenary||Wuchang||January 2014||February 2015||Active|
|F92||Unity||Wuchang||29 November 2014|
Updated Dec 10, 2017