China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s CSSC Guangzhou Huangpu Shipbuilding Company has launched the 30th Type 054A multi-role frigate destined for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy at its shipyard in Guangzhou, southern China on June 30, 2018.
This is the 15th Type 054A frigate built in Huangpu Shipyard. They are also being built by the CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua (HDZH) Shipbuilding Company at its shipyard in Shanghai. Both shipyards are part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), one of the two largest shipbuilding conglomerates in China.
Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) is a class of multi-role frigates developed from the older Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons.
Type 054A frigates reportedly have a length of 134.1 m (440 ft) and displace around 4,053 tonnes at full load.
The ships are powered by four Combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) Type 16 PA6 STC marine diesel engines designed by SEMT Pielstick, each generating 6,330 hp. Licenses for the engines were sold to China in April 2002, where they were built by the Shaanxi Diesel Engine Factory.
The vessel is armed with an H/PJ26 (copy of Russian AK-176) 76 mm dual-purpose main gun on a stealth turret and two 11-barrelled Type 1130 (upgraded Type 730) 30 mm close-in weapon systems (CIWS). The Type 054A also carries HQ-16 medium-range air defence missiles and various anti-submarine rockets in a VLS system.
The first frigate of the class entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in 2007. The class is planned to comprise approximately 32 vessels. As of April 2018, 27 are in service.