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Type-054A class


NATO: Jiangkai II


Overview


Type-054A

Forward view of Chinese Type-054A class frigate.
Source: www.chinesemilitaryreview.blogspot.com - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
China
Type
Frigate
Entered service
2007
Status
In service
Development
Mid 2000's
Developer
China
Production
2006 - 2018
Producer
China - Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard
China - Huangpu shipyard
Unit cost
$ 350 million (estimate)
Number produced
30
Designations
Jiangkai II class (NATO reporting name)
Xuzhou class (lead ship)
Notable users
China

Description


Introduction

The Type-054A is a modern class of frigates of Chinese origin. These multipurpose frigates are a further development of the Type-054 class. The same hull is used, but weapons and sensors are significantly improved. The Type-054A is the most numerous class of surface combattant in the Chinese navy. Although 20 were planned at first, this number was increased to 30.

Layout

The Type-054A has a conventional layout and looks somewhat similar to the French La Fayette class. The main gun and VLS are mounted on the bow. The sensor mast and anti-ship missiles are mounted behind the main superstructure. Propulsion system and funnel are in the middle. A hanger and helicopter deck are located at the rear.

Firepower

The main armament is a 32 cell VLS for the HHQ-16 medium range surface to air missile and standoff ASW rockets. Surface targets are engaged using the subsonic YJ-83 anti-ship missile or dual purpose 76mm H/PJ26 main gun. Submarines are targeted with Type 87 ASW rocket launchers, Yu-7 lightweight torpedoes and the Ka-28PL helicopter. Two 30mm Type 730 CIWS and decoy launchers are used for self defense.

Sensors

The main sensors are the Type 382 3D air search radar and Type 344 surface search radar. Submarines are detected using the MGK-335 active/passive sonar system. Additional systems include a combat data system, fire control radars, navigation radar, SATCOM and a datalink. At some point during the production run a towed array variable depth sonar was added.

Mobility

The Type-054A uses CODAD propulsion using four Shaanxi diesel engines. Maximum speed is about 27 knots. At a more economic speed the maximum range is about 4.000 nm.

Users

The Type-054A is used only by China. It was ordered in massive numbers, 30 units make up the mainstay of the Chinese fleet. The first units entered service in 2008 and the 30th became operational in 2018.

Details


Type-054A

Top view of Chinese Type-054A class frigate.
Source: www.chinesemilitaryreview.blogspot.com - © copyright lies with original owner

Type-054 (Jiangkai II) class frigate

The Type-054A frigate is a modern looking frigate due to its vertical launch system on the bow and stealth signature. It has a similar layout as the French La Fayette class. It is also known under the NATO reporting name Jiangkai II.

The easiest way to distinguish the Type-054A from the older Type-054 is the VLS on the bow instead of the octuple HHQ-7 launcher. Otherwise both ships look rather similar, although they differ significantly in armament and sensors. From the sixth ship onward various improvements have been incorporated into the Type-054A design.

The final fourteen ships feature the faster firing Type 1130 CIWS instead of the Type 730.

Facts Type-054A
General
Origin
China
Type
Frigate
Complement
165
Dimensions
Displacement
3.600 t standard
4.050 t full load
Length
134.1 m
Beam
16 m
Draft
5 m
Propulsion
Arrangement
CODAD
Engines
4x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesel
Power output
7.600 hp each
30.400 hp combined
Propulsion
2 shafts
Mobility
Speed
27 kt max speed
Range
3.800 nm range at 18 kt
8.000 nm at most economic speed
Sensors
Air search
1x Type 382 3D air and surface search
Surface search
1x Type 344 OTH surface search
Fire control
4x Type 345 fire control for HQ-16
1x Type 347G or Type 360 fire control for 76mm
Sonar
1x MGK-335 active/passive hull mounted sonar
1x H/SJG-206 towed array sonar
Navigation
2x Racal RM-1290 nagivation radar
Systems
Combat management
ZKJ-4B/6 combat data system
Communications
HN-900 data link
SNTI-240 SATCOM
AKD5000S SATCOM
Self-defense
Decoy
2x Type 726-4 18-tube decoy launcher
Electronic warfare
Type 922-1 radar warning receiver
Kashtan-3 missile jamming system
HZ-100 ECM & ELINT system
Guns
Cannon
1x 76mm H/PJ26 dual purpose gun
CIWS
2x 30mm Type 730 CIWS (on first 16 vessels)
2x 30mm Type 1130 CIWS (on last 14 vessels)
SSM
Anti-ship
2x4 YJ-83 subsonic anti-ship missile
SAM
Launcher
1x 32 cell VLS for HQ-16
Missile
HQ-16 medium range SAM
ASW
Close range ASW
2x6 240mm Type 87 ASW rocket
Torpedoes
2x3 324mm torpedo tube for Yu-7
Long range ASW
Standoff ASW rockets from VLS
Aircraft
Facilities
Helicopter deck with hangar
Supported aircraft
1x Ka-28PL or Z-9C helicopter

Media


Subsystems


76mm H/PJ26

1x 76mm H/PJ26 dual purpose gun on bow.

HHQ-16

1x 32-cell VLS for HHQ-16 missiles on the bow.

YJ-83

2x4 launcher for YJ-83 subsonic anti-ship missile amidships.

30mm Type 730

2x 30mm Type 730 or Type 1130 close-in weapon system admidships.

Yu-7

2x3 torpedo tubes for Yu-7 lightweight torpedo.

Type 87

2x 6-tube Type 87 anti-sub maine depth charge launchers located on the bow.

Harbin Z-9C

Facilities for 1 medium size naval helicopter. Z-9C is most commonly used on Type-054A.

Related articles


Type-054 class

The Type-054A is a further development of the Type-054 (Jiangkai I) class, of which 2 ships were produced. The easiest way to distinguish the Type-054A from the older Type-054 is the VLS on the bow instead of the octuple HQ-7 launcher.