This is a discussion on Type 052 (Luhu Class) within the Navy forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by i.e. It's pretty obvious from testing ship 891 that they have another longer length cold launch VLS ...
From this video, it probably is hot-launched (1:01): Type 054A FFG live-fire excercise and HHQ16 launch under ECM jamming - YouTube
I honestly don't know why the missile in the video appeared more than likely to be hot-launched, then.
My best guess would have to do with how the HQ-16 was designed than, as the Shitl is basically a box type VLS system to start with.
Last edited by IronsightSniper; 08-31-2012 at 05:54 AM.
During the HQ16 launching segment, we had a good look in the CIC of the 054A. In addition, it is confirmation that the 054A can and do use Ka31 AEW helos for detection (maybe also targeting) as one of the controllers shouted out: "helicopter has detected target at vector 060, range 180km'.
I think we need to be careful in thinking that the HQ16 has 180km range though, as that was likely just a result of the editing (and censors) and in reality, there was likely a longer interval after initial detection before they launched the missile.
The piece itself is actually quite coherent. The helo taking off was indeed a AEW Ka31 (you can see the radar dish folded under the belly), and there can be no misinterpreting the crew member reporting that the helo has spotted a target 180km out.
On second thought, maybe there isn't enough there to positively say that the helo guided the HQ16 to it's target, but they definitely can use AEW helos on 054As, and the HQ16 is definitely hot launched.
I know for sure that the Buk missile, which the HQ-16 is based off of, has a maximum range (the latest variant) of 50 km. Given that the HQ-16 is slated to be a medium range missile, a similar range along the lines of the earlier Buk missile variants to the later variants would be the most logical assumption.