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China's to launch 30th & last Type 054A Frigate ?
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:57:28 PM »
China Launched the 30th (and last ?) Type 054A Frigate for the PLAN | Navy Recognition - 09 July 2018
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Since September 30, 2006, the two shipyards in charge of building this frigate (CSSC Hudong-Zhonghua and CSSC Huangpu Wenchong) launched a Type 054A hull every four months and ten days on average. Twenty-six of them have have already been commissioned, making the class the backbone of the PLAN surface fleet. Type 054A Frigate are regularly deployed on all PLAN patrol areas: Chinese coast, Mediterranean, African coasts, South China Sea and Indian Ocean.

The 4,000-ton Type 054A Frigate may not feature the latest naval defense technologies when compared to its European and Japanese counterparts (built in smaller series in both cases) but it was primarily designed to find the best compromise between cost, capabilities and maintainability in order to meet the growing blue water needs of the PLAN.

While the initial order was for twenty-four ships, then revised to twenty-eight, it is thirty Type 054A frigates that have finally been built. According to rumors, the program will now give way to its successor: The Type 054B featuring a full electric propulsion systems. However, according to East Pendulum, nothing indicated that additional will not be added to "fill the gap" for the PLAN, in addition to the four export variants that have been ordered by the Pakistani navy.

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