Type 056 corvette
PLAN Type 056 Corvette
CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding
|Operators:|| People's Liberation Army Navy
Bangladesh Navy (ordered)
|Preceded by:||Type 037 patrol craft|
|Planned:||43 for 1st batch; >20 for 2nd batch|
|Displacement:||1,300 tonnes (Standard Load)
1,440 tons (Full Load)
|Range:||3500 nmi (6500 km) at 18 knots|
|SR64 air/surface-search radar
TR47 gun fire-control radar
|Armament:||• 2× 2-cell YJ-83 (C-803) anti-ship missiles, amidships
The Type 056 corvette (NATO codename: Jiangdao) is a new Chinese light warship that entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2012 as a replacement for the Type 037 series of patrol vessels. It has been described as a stealth missile corvette which is also armed with a 76mm main gun.
Following the designing and building of the Pattani class corvette for the Royal Thai Navy in the mid-2000s, speculation of a domestic variant of the design was rife. The speculations were confirmed in November 2010 during a visit by Maj. Gen. Wang Junli, Deputy commander of the Hong Kong Garrison and the Hong Kong University's Vice-Chancellor Tsui Lap-chee when a model of the Type 056 was presented. The first ship was launched in May 2012.
Though the Type 056 appears in the 21st century, the design concept can be referred to as early as the 1980s, when the PLAN were considering developing a larger patrol ship to replace the Type 037 to improve the living conditions on the ship, which was firstly called by Type 038. However, this concept was not realized until the appearance of Type 056 in 2012 due to the shortage of funds.
The Type 056 has a stealthy hull design with sloped surface and a reduced superstructure clutter. There is a helipad at the stern for a light helicopter but has no organic helicopter support facilities.
The main anti-ship armament consists of YJ-83 sea-skimming anti-ship cruise missiles in two twin-cell launchers. The primary anti-aircraft armament is one FL-3000N short range missile system with 8 rounds. A 76 mm main gun based on a Russian AK-176 is mounted forward. 2 triple torpedo tubes are mounted for ASW operations.
Type 056 is the first Chinese warship with modular design, which makes it cover the roles from OPV to multi-role frigate. The PLAN used versions may include basic type, ASW type, ASuW type, AAW type and commander type; while the export versions can be quite differently fitted according to buyer's requirement. Specifically, the OPV version have higher bridge thus larger RCS than the corvette/multi-role frigate version, but have better vision for patrol role; OPV version also has hangar while corvette not; moreover, corvette version have less complement though with more weapon systems, which indicate the combat system for corvette is more advanced.
At least four variants of Type 056 have been fielded by PLAN, but their respective designations remain unknown because no such information has been released as of mid-2014.
The first variant of Type 056 is the basic version including the first unit of this type that was launched in mid 2012 by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, and a total of three were built. The visual distinction of this variant is in its chimney where the exhaust pipes are exposed. Another distinct visual identification of this variant is in its inward slanted bulwark at the bow.
The second variant of Type 056 is the modification of the basic version with infrared suppression added to the chimney and the exhaust pipe covered up to improve stealth. The bulwark at the bow is also modified in that the original bulwark is replaced by a bulwark similar to the bulwark installed at the bow of Type 054A frigate. This second variant begun with the fourth unit of Type 056 that appeared in late 2012, as units built by Huangpu Shipyard of Guangzhou Shipyard International. Reportedly, the first three units of the first variant of Type 056 is later modified to the standard of this second variant.
The third variant of Type 056 has further modification to superstructure improve stealth, and it first appeared at the end of 2012 when launched, and early 2013 when entered service. The platform where fire control radar is installed is redesigned to eliminate the sharp edges, which are replaced by slant angles. The chimney also has slight slant angle as well.
The fourth variant of Type 056 is an ASW version and sometimes referred as Type 056A on the internet, but this designation has yet to be confirmed by official sources. This first unit of this fourth variant first appeared in late 2013. The main difference between this variant and earlier three variants is in stern, which is redesigned to house variable depth sonar and towed array sonar added.Moreover, the YJ-83 in the middle of the ship can be replaced by Yu-8 series rocket propulsion torpedo to cooperate with the towed sonar, and two 4 barrel multil-role rocket launchers are installed outboard of the engines, which can launch decoy and ASROC.
At least two versions of OPV that are direct relations with the Type 056 have been sold to other countries. One is the Royal Thai Navy's Pattani class OPV, the other is an enlarged version with full-load displacement of 1800 tonnes. Two OPVs based on the Pattani class have been ordered by the Nigerian Navy. Their factory designation is P18N.
Two corvette versions have been sold to the Bangladesh Navy, and more may built locally at Bangladesh's Khulna Shipyard (KSY). A multi-role frigate version of the Type 056 with integrated mast and VLS also appeared at LIMA 2013.
In KADEX 2014, Kazakhstan Naval Commander Zhandarbek Zhanzakov show interest in type 056 and may order 3 for their corvette program, and it is also a potential bidder for Pakistan navy's corvette program.
|Type 056||Type 056A||P15T||P18N|
|Users|| People's Liberation Army Navy
|People's Liberation Army Navy||Royal Thai Navy||Nigerian Navy|
|Displacement(ton)||~1,300 (normal)||~1,300 (normal)||1,460 (full)||1,800|
|Dimensions(m)||Length：89.0, Beam: 11.6, Draft: 4.0 (?)||Length：89.0, Beam: 11.6, Draft: 4.0||Length：95.5, Beam: 11.6, Draft: 3.0||Length：95.5, Beam: 11.6，Draft: 3.5|
|Propulsion||2 x S.E.M.T.Pielstick 16PA6STC||2 x Rushton 16RK270||2 x MTU 20V 4000M diesel engine|
|Maximum Speed (knots)||unknown||25||21|
|Range||unknown||3,500 nmi at 15 knots||unknown|
（1）Type 056 of Bangladesh Navy has removed bow sonar and Yu-7 torpedoes compared to the original basic version, and the 30mm guns can be controlled both manually and remotely while the original one can only be controlled manually
|Number||Pennant Number||Name||Builder(Shipyard NO.)||Launched||Commissioned||Fleet||Status||Type|
|1||582||蚌埠 / Bengbu||Hudong(1)||23 May 2012||25 February 2013||East Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|2||596||惠州 / Huizhou||Huangpu(1)||3 June 2012||1 July 2013||Hong Kong Garrison||Active||Basic|
|3||584||梅州 / Meizhou||Wuchang(1)||31 July 2012||30 July 2013||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|4||580||大同 / Datong||Liaonan(1)||10 August 2012||18 May 2013||North Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|5||583||上饶 / Shangrao||Hudong(2)||19 August 2012||10 June 2013||East Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|6||597||钦州 / Qinzhou||Huangpu(2)||30 August 2012||1 July 2013 ||Hong Kong Garrison||Active||Basic|
|7||585||百色/ Baise||Wuchang(2)||25 October 2012||12 October 2013||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|8||581||营口 / Yingkou||Liaonan(2)||18 November 2012||1 August 2013||North Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|9||587||揭阳 / Jieyang||Huangpu(3)||28 January 2013||26 January 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|10||586||吉安 / Ji'an||Hudong(3)||25 February 2013||8 January 2014||East Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|11||589||清远 / Qingyuan||Huangpu(4)||31 May 2013||11 June 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|12||588||泉州 / Quanzhou||Hudong(4)||26 June 2013||8 August 2014||East Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|13||592||泸州 / Luzhou||Wuchang(3)||16 July 2013||7 June 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|14||590||威海 / Weihai||Liaonan(3)||1 August 2013||15 March 2014||North Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|15||591||抚顺 / Fushun||Liaonan(4)||1 August 2013||12 July 2014||North Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|16||595||潮州 / Chaozhou||Wuchang(4)||14 November 2013||28 November 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active||Basic|
|17||593||三门峡 / Sanmenxia||Hudong(5)||20 November 2013||13 November 2014||East Sea Fleet||Active||056A(ASW variant)|
|18||594||株洲 / Zhuzhou||Huangpu(5)||30 November 2013||28 November 2014||South Sea Fleet||Active||056A(ASW variant)|
|19||598 ?||Hudong(6)||16 May 2014(?)||South Sea Fleet||Fitting Out||056A(ASW variant)|
|20||599 ?||Huangpu(6)||? May 2014||South Sea Fleet||Fitting out||056A(ASW variant)|
|21||503||Wuchang(5)||? May 2014||Fitting out||Basic|
|22||501||Liaonan(5)||30 June 2014||Fitting out||Basic|
|23||?||Hudong(7)||11 October 2014||Fitting out||056A(ASW variant)|
|1||F111||Shadhinota||Wuchang||30 Nov 2014||launched||Basic|
|1||F91||Centenary||Wuchang||27 Jan 2014||sea trial||P18N|
|2||F92||Wuchang||11 Sep 2014||launched||P18N|
|1||511||Pattani||Hudong||14 Dec 2005||Active||P15T|
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