Type 053H2G frigate

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Class overview

 People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force(former)

           People's Liberation Army Navy China Coast Guard
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Navy
Preceded by: Type 053H2 Jianghu-III
Succeeded by: Type 053H3 frigate
Planned: 4
Completed: 4
Active: 4
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,250 tons standard, 2,393 tons full load
Length: 112 m
Beam: 12.4 m
Draught: 4.3 m
Propulsion: CODAD, 2 shaft, 2 x 18E390VA diesel @ 14,000 hp (10.4 MW) & 2x MTU diesel @ 8,840 hp (6.6 MW)
Speed: 28 knots [1]
Range: 5,000 miles at 15 to 16 knots (30 km/h)
Complement: 168 (with 30 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Data link: HN-900 (Chinese equivalent of Link 11A/B, to be upgraded)
  • Communication: SNTI-240 SATCOM
  • Combat Data System: ZKJ-3C
  • RWD-8 (Jug Pair) intercept
  • Type 981-3 EW Jammer
  • SR-210 Radar warning receiver
  • Type 651A IFF
  • 6 × YJ-83 SSM in 2 x 3-cell box launchers
  • 1 × 6-cell HQ-61 Surface-to-air missile system
  • 1 × PJ33A dual 100 mm gun (automatic)
  • 4 × Type 76A dual-37 mm AA guns
  • 2 × 6-tube Type 3200 ASW rocket launchers (36 rockets)
  • 2 × DC racks & launcher
  • 6 × torpedo launchers
  • 2 × Type 946/PJ-46 15-barrel decoy rocket launchers
Aircraft carried: Harbin Z-9C
Aviation facilities: Hangar

The Type 053H2G (NATO codename Jiangwei I) were Chinese frigates that entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in the 1990s. They were later variants of the Type 053 frigate family, and were the PLAN's first multi-role frigates. Only 4 units were built before the class was superseded by the more capable Type 053H3 Jiangwei II class

3 vessels are currently serving as coastguard cutters and the frigate 'Tongling' was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy, which was designated the Pennant number 'P625'.


In the 1980s, the PLAN ordered Shanghai-based Hudong Shipyard (now Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard) to build a replacement for the Type 053K air defence frigate. The new class was based on the Type 053H2 frigate and designated Type 053H2G. Development was carried out under Project 055.

The Type 053H2G was slightly larger than the Type 053H2, and equipped with HQ-61B surface-to-air missiles (SAM). Four Type 053H2G were built between 1988 and 1991. Some sources claim they were called Type 055 and uprated with HQ-7 SAMs;[1] the alternate designation may have been confused with the Type 053H2G's development designation.

The HQ-61 SAM proved unsatisfactory and the class was superseded by the Type 053H3 which was an improved Type 053H2G equipped with HQ-7 SAMs.

Ships of Class[edit]

 Number   Pennant Number   Name   Builder   Launched   Commissioned   Fleet   Status 
1 539 安庆 / Anqing Hudong June 1990 July 1992 East Sea Fleet Decommissioned in 2015. Transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31239.
2 540 淮南 / Huainan Hudong December 1990 December 1992 East Sea Fleet Decommissioned in 2015. Transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31240.
3 541 淮北 / Huaibei Hudong December 1992 July 1993 East Sea Fleet Decommissioned in 2015. Transferred to Coast Guard as Coast Guard Patrol Ship #31241.
4 542 铜陵 / Tongling Hudong December 1993 July 1994 East Sea Fleet Decommissioned in 2015. Transferred to Sri Lanka Navy in September 2018 as P625


  1. ^ Toppan, Andrew. "World Navies Today: Chinese Surface Combatants." Haze Gray & Underway.2002-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-10.

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