China launches two more ASW corvettesPosted: September 14, 2016
By Andrew Tate, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly 12 September 2016
The 36th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was launched on 7 September at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai.
The launch follows a 26 August launch of another ship of the class at the Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan, central China.
The two vessels are both anti-submarine warfare (ASW) variants and will be equipped with towed array and variable depth sonars.
The first of China’s 1,500-tonne Type 056 corvettes was launched in May 2012, so the rate of production over the last four years has averaged a new hull about every six weeks. This is being achieved by constructing the ships in four shipyards: the Huangpu shipyard in southern China, the Liaonan shipyard in Dalian in the north, plus the two mentioned above.
The planned size of the class is not known but it seems likely that the total number of ships could be around 60. Armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, lightweight torpedo launchers and HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missiles, these ships are expected to be tasked primarily with the role of coastal defence role. Of the 36 vessels in service or under construction, 14 are configured as the ASW variant.
Source: IHS 360 Jane’s “China launches two more ASW corvettes”