Chinese Naval Export: News, Views, Pics & Videos


timepass

Brigadier
Today if you give the requirements the Chinese can build any warships specific and tailored to customer needs this includes stealth warships too

They are cheaper and quickly delivered which makes them attractive to many country's
And without strings & do more requirements.
 

Verum

Junior Member
Re: F91 Chinese OPV Export: News, Views, Pics & Videos

Well, they will be cheaper to operate.

The Nigerians will get at least two of these. I believe the radar system is a British design, and those engines are German.

As their other major combatants/vessels, they have a German built Meko 360 H1, the NN Aradu, F89, and a refurbished Hamilton Class US Coast Guard Cutter, NN Thunder, F90, as their other vessels. The Aradu is an impressive naval frigate at 3,300 tons, with 8 SSMs and a 76mm main gun, which was built new and commissioned in 1982. The Thunder carries a 76mm gun too and displaces 3,250 tons. It was originally commissioned in 1968, but was refit, handed over, and commissioned by Nigeria in 2011.

These new built vessels, if well built and well maintained, will get more than 30 years service life out of them, as evidenced by the Hamilton class which are over 45 years old and still going.
Why German engine and British radar? Chinese got equivalents that aren't behind Western counterparts.
 

rhino123

Pencil Pusher
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Trinidad and Tobago buying 1800t OPVs seemed very weird to me. Trinidad, the largest island is 80km x 60km, Tobago is much smaller. Logic would suggest that a larger number of smaller boats would make much more sense. Even Australia with a huge coastline uses 280t patrol boats. Yes these have been found to be a bit too small, however thats more how they are used as opposed to their design. You would have thought that 400t patrol boat would be heaps, even 200t might do, maybe even some smaller ones still. At 30 knots a patrol boat could travel all around the island in a few hours.

Looks as though the head of the navy wanted a large ship to feel important.
Well... Singapore is not much bigger. She had six frigates and a number of LPD, coastal defense boats, etc etc. I don't see the reason why Trinidad and Tobago should settle for anything less.
 
Well... Singapore is not much bigger. She had six frigates and a number of LPD, coastal defense boats, etc etc. I don't see the reason why Trinidad and Tobago should settle for anything less.
Singapore is much richer country and surrounding by potentially strong and bigger enemies (e.g Malaysia and Indonesia)
 

shen

Senior Member
T&T is not exactly poor either, with a GDP per capita of over $20,000 and a high HDI rating. Been next door to Columbia and Venezuela, they do have security concern such as arms and drug smuggling and their EEZ has major natural gas resource.
T&T previously planned to buy three OPVs built in Britain.
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That contract was terminated in 2010. The stated reason is delay and deficiency on the part of the builder, but domestic politics probably also played a part. The contract was made by the previous government, the 2010 election resulted in a new government which cancelled the contract.
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Politically, T&T seems to be split along ethnic line, with roughly equal percentage of population with African or Indian ancestry.
The OPV deal with China is part of a larger infrastructure development deal.
 

asif iqbal

Brigadier
Good to see China doing good naval business

Let's hope we get the design of the new FFG for Pakistan and SSK with cruise missile capability coming out soon!
 

kwaigonegin

Colonel
Well... Singapore is not much bigger. She had six frigates and a number of LPD, coastal defense boats, etc etc. I don't see the reason why Trinidad and Tobago should settle for anything less.
Common dude!... Singapore and T & T are not even in the same league.

One has GDP of under $30 billion (2012 est.)

The other has a GDP over $300 billion

One has population of about 5.5 million, the other 1.3 million.

There is no way a nation with less than $30B GDP can afford 6 modern frigates and LPDs nor do they need them. Not just in actual assets but you have to have a pretty mature navy and overall military organization to operate and support such vessels.
 
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