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« on: January 21, 2019, 01:10:28 PM »
5 PLA Navy Projects to Watch in the Next 5 Years
Five major Chinese naval projects likely to emerge within the next five years.

By Rick Joe
August 07, 2018
     
https://thediplomat.com/2018/08/5-pla-navy-projects-to-watch-in-the-next-5-years/
 
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1: The 054B frigate

After a production run of 30 ships with the first launching in 2006, 054A production has finally seemed to begin to wind down for the PLA Navy. While additional ships are expected to be produced for export to the Pakistan Navy, there are strong indicators that the PLA Navy will now move onto a further improved frigate class to complement their existing 054A fleet.

The name of this frigate has been variously called 054B and 057 over the years, but in recent times 054B appears to be the designation, possibly because the ship will be a derivative of the 054A hull rather than a clean sheet design. It is rumored that fewer than 24 054Bs are currently on order, and are to be produced at Hudong and Huangpu, the same shipyards that built all of the 054A frigates.

The size of the 054B is not expected to be significantly larger than the 054A, perhaps exceeding 4,500 tons and slightly approaching 5,000 tons, but it will remain comfortably in the medium frigate weight class. The ship is expected to feature improved sensors and a more stealthy external shape, with the inclusion of an integrated mast. The so called “rice lantern” mast tested at the Wuhan 701 Research Institute has been floated as a possible feature on the 054B but this naturally has yet to be confirmed. The 054B’s weapons suite is expected to be similar in capacity to the 054A, but it is not known if it will use 054A’s more limited hot launch vertical launch system (VLS) or the universal VLS equipped on 052D and 055.

Rumors surrounding the 054B have also consistently suggested it will feature a much improved anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, building upon the robust foundations of the 054A, potentially in the form of enhanced underwater sensors. The 054B is also thought to be the first class of warship in the PLA Navy to field an integrated electric propulsion system, where breakthroughs have been alluded to by PLA and state-affiliated media in recent times. However it has also been suggested that initial hulls may use a less ambitious partial electric drive system instead, such as combining diesel electric propulsion with conventional diesel or gas turbines. In any case, the 054B is expected to field a more advanced propulsion system than the combined diesel and diesel system on the 054A.

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2019, 09:23:24 AM »
https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/china-launches-new-type-054a-guided-missile-stealth-frigate/

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The lead ship of an improved 5,000-ton variant, the Type 054B or Jiangkai III-class guided-missile frigate, is expected to be commissioned in 2018. Type 054B ships purportedly feature enhanced anti-submarine warfare  capabilities and an all-electric propulsion system, among other improvements. These new ships will likely feature 32 VLS cells and broadly similar armament to the Type 054A class.