Plan Type 056 Class Opv/corvette

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  1. Hendrik_2000
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    Henri K speculate there will be 64 of them It is one of the largest ship building program in China

    58th, the Type 056 corvette program is coming to an end?
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    HENRI KENHMANN
    http://www.eastpendulum.com/58e-le-programme-de-corvette-type-056-touche-a-sa-fin

    1,000, 4,000, 6,000 and 12,000 ... These are standardized categories of tonnage that the Chinese Navy decided in the early 2000s for its combat vessels, except for support and auxiliary fleets. The Type 056 corvette program was born a few years later to gradually replace a large number of aging corvettes and different classes, and thus corresponds to the "1,000-tonne" category by its movement at less than 1,400 tonnes.

    For this reason, in successive installments of orders over five years since 2010, Type 056 is becoming one of China's largest military ship programs, in terms of the number of buildings built, such as Type 037 and variants that precedes it.

    If the final number of Type 056 that will be in staffing by the Chinese Navy is never officially revealed, sources close to the record have rather converged to the figure of 64 for the moment. And with the launching of the 58th hull a few days ago in the south of China, it is not impossible that the construction for this program, at least for Chinese-Chinese orders, will soon affect its end.

    Indeed, the launching of 627 Enshi (恩施) last Thursday at the Huangpu shipyard near Guangzhou, was revealed by two local medals in the city of Enshi, one has already removed his article on the Weixin account for unknown reasons.

    It must be remembered that the Chinese media are less and less motivated to divulge this kind of news, probably not to raise additional fears about the rapid expansion of the country's naval forces, or this kind of news can not -being more audience as it became all too common and "trivial".

    Anyway, we learn in the texts that a delegation composed of several civil and military personalities of this ethnic minority city, in Hubei Province, went to Guangzhou on Thursday, March 7 to attend the ceremony of launching a corvette bearing the name of the city.

    The same delegation also met with Unit 91192, the 18th Fleet Flotilla of the Southern Fleet, which is going to receive this new corvette alongside at least 2 others that it is already operating. Both parties have signed collaborative agreements as custom dictates.

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    Meeting between the local delegation of Enshi City and Unit 91192 (Image: 广东 省 恩施 商会)
    Statistical level, if the follow-up is good since the data are becoming more and more rare today, it is the 58th Type 056 put in flow since the beginning of the program in 2012, excluded export versions, the 4th in 2019, and the 16th built by the shipyard Huangpu.

    This shipyard, founded in 1851, is part of one of four shipyards involved in the construction of the Type 056. With 16 hulls built on the meter, Huangpu Wenchong is positioned far ahead of the shipyard Wuchang (12) and Liaonan (10) , but remains behind sister company Shanghaïan Hudong-Zhonghua (20), belonging to the same naval group CSSC.

    It can also be seen that the program has maintained a steady pace of production since 2011. Apart from 2017, when only 3 corvettes were launched, the Chinese manufacturers managed to get out between 6 and 10 hulls a year. And with already 4 in this first quarter of 2019, it is possible that it is still a "full" year for the program.

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    Construction follow-up of corvettes Type 056 per year (Image: East Pendulum)
    Will we see the last Type 056 vessels in the water by the end of the year, or at the latest in 2020, or more additional orders will come with the arrival of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021- 2025)? There is no reason to say that with public data today, but it certainly depends on the evolution of organizations within the expanding Chinese navy, the changing geopolitical context and its own needs.

    If China believes that it is possible to protect its coasts and EEZs with 64 corvettes, divided into two normal and ASW variants, then it is likely that the current generation capacity will be re-allocated to other areas, but this estimate requires much more study.

    To be continued.

    Henri K.
     
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    I would expect at least several Type 056 corvettes to be upgraded to something similar to Type 056A with the variable depth sonar.
    I also would not be surprised if construction continues for a year or two.

    Especially since AFAIK the shipyards building the corvettes can't build destroyers or cruisers. What can they use the shipyards for?
     
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    ..PLAN 056 Huizhou stationing at HK SAR...it is believed it's been up grading its magnetic detection system...
    ..it has also been coined ...'Xiangjiang No.1 Ship' ...'Frgrance River No. 1 Ship' [ Hong Kong N0. 1 Ship]

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    I also would not be surprised if the Type 056 eventually gets an upgrade. For example if you consider other ships with the same displacement I think it would likely be an interesting idea to add a marine gas turbine engine to it. That would increase the peak speed and make it possible to keep up with dived submarines or other faster vessels. I would also replace the missile launcher tubes with some kind of more universal VLS.
     
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    A 056 launching a AShM...

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    Attached photos (on web) said latest 056 started to replace that H/PJ-17 30mm with machine gun.
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    The rumor also said the machine gun is exactly the one on 596 HuiZhou (in addition to its H/PJ-17s).
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    Can hardly tell it's indeed so from that 622 Enshi photo. Anyone can confirm that, please. Thanks.
     
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    Can't see photos. Blocked by QQ.
     
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    It's way too low quality to tell. But from the pictures I can see I think the 30mm turrets look like they're still there. The yellow covers on the amidship flanks seem much too big for a mere 12.7mm HMG mount.
     
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    No problem from my site. Care to try other browser/platform, please.
     
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    I have the same issue as @Tam where I cannot see your pictures embedded here. But if I paste the link on the browser it loads fine.
     
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