This is a discussion on Type 056 OPV/Corvette within the Navy forums, part of the China Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by tphuang I don't profess to know exactly how they think, but they are still continually upgrading Type ...
Last edited by KYli; 01-08-2011 at 02:25 PM.
Well it looks there is a warship under construction there, I do hope its not the OPV model we have seen before. If it is I hope it is better equipped. A hangar at least, even the Indian Kamorta class has a hangar.
I find myself in total agreement with sealordlawrence, though I would perhaps have started out on a more civil note. This is a ship type that will add nothing but additional hulls to the PLAN. Hopefully they will restrict themselves to four at Hong Kong and four at Ningde. At least they are better than the JIANGHU I’s they will reportedly replace in the latter locality.
I think the PLAN needs a seaworthy, small (read cheap) enough but flexible AA + ASh + AS platform that has high speed. If the Type 56's speed can keep pace with the Type 22's then I think it would be fulfilling the OPV role nicely. Still would like to see a CIWS in addition to the RAM though, even if just an AK630.