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The C13B corvette is the P18 variant 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-802A 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).
Two corvettes were ordered from Wuchang Shipyard in Wuhan,reportedly in October 2012. Shadhinota (F111), the lead ship, was launched on 30 November 2014. First two ships, Shadhinota and Prottoy were commissioned on 19 March 2016. Two more corvettes were ordered in July 2015 and they are under construction now. Source
Bangladesh Navy‘s C13B corvette
“With a displacement of 1300 tons, the 90-meter long and 11-meter wide corvettes are of China’s most advanced export warship type. And they will be the key warships of Bangladesh Navy” according to Zhu Xuejun, chief engineer of the CSIC.
“Decked out with powerful weapons, the vessels are able to sail at a max speed of 25.5 knots on the high seas. They have comprehensive combat capacity and excellent maneuverability,” Zhu said.
Bangladesh C13B-class corvette retains most of the sensor and weapon systems found on board Chinese Navy Type 056 corvettes:
» 4x C-802A Anti-ship missiles (2 launchers with 2 missiles each)
» 1x FL-3000N (export version of AJK-10 / HQ-10) Surface to air missile launcher (8x missiles)
» 1x H/PJ-26 76mm main gun
» 2x H/PJ-17 30mm dual mode (auto/manual) remote controlled naval turret