Type 072III landing ship
|Operators||People's Liberation Army Navy|
|Preceded by||Type 072II|
|Succeeded by||Type 072A|
|Type||Landing Ship, Tank|
|Length||119.5 m (392 ft)|
|Beam||16.4 m (54 ft)|
|Draft||2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)|
|Installed power||2 × 12PA6V-280MPC diesel at 7,080 kW (9,490 hp)|
|Speed||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
|Range||3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Armament||3 × H/PJ76F twin 37mm|
|Aviation facilities||helicopter platform|
The Type 072III landing ship (NATO designation Yuting-I class) is the follow-on of the Type 072II landing ships initially introduced in the 1990s by the People's Republic of China. Type 072-III features a redesigned concealed bridge, and possibly enhanced sealift capability. The main difference between Type 072III and its predecessor Type 072II is that Type 072III incorporates a helicopter platform at stern (no hangar). A total of eleven ships have entered service with People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and all of them were built by China Shipbuilding Shipyard (中华造船厂) in Shanghai. 6 Type 072III are deployed in PLAN South Sea Fleet (SSF), and the remaining are deployed in PLAN East Sea Fleet (ESF).
Ships of the class
|1||991||峨眉山 / Emei Shan||Zhonghua||September 1992||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|2||934||丹霞山 / Danxia Shan||Zhonghua||September 1995||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|3||935||雪峰山 / Xuefeng Shan||Zhonghua||December 1995||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|4||936||海洋山 / Haiyang Shan||Zhonghua||May 1996||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|5||937||青城山 / Qingcheng Shan||Zhonghua||August 1996||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|6||938||呂梁山 / Luliang Shan||Zhonghua||August 1996||South Sea Fleet||Active|
|7||908||雁荡山 / Yandang Shan||Zhonghua||January 1997||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|8||909||九华山 / Jiuhua Shan||Zhonghua||April 2000||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|9||939||普陀山 / Putuo Shan||Zhonghua||August 2000||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|10||910||黄岗山 / Huanggang Shan||Zhonghua||December 2001||East Sea Fleet||Active|
|11||940||天台山 / Tiantai Shan||Zhonghua||April 2002||East Sea Fleet||Active|
Possible railgun testing
In February 2018, images were released via electronic media of Haiyang Shan (936). the fourth ship of the class, with what appeared to be a railgun mounted on the ship's bow. Later reports confirmed it was rail-gun being used for dock-side testing. The Chinese have since made a "break-through" in power-generation and are now planning for sea-trials.
- Type 072 Yuting-class specifications, globalsecurity.org
- "Chinese hypersonic railgun". hothardware.com. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
- "Chinese Military Website Confirms Sea Trial of Shipborne Railgun". 14 March 2018.
- Global Security Chinese Warships (globalsecurity.org)