Type 054/A FFG Thread II


Tam

Major
Registered Member
Should be 529, the first 054A.
I don't think so and why?

Because this.
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This array was never installed on the first 054A, and they were never installed on the 054A during their build period. Rather, they were all retrofitted to all the 054A much, much later. In fact, these antennas never appeared until around the 2017 time frame, and they were retrofitted first on the 052C, where they appear on top of the bridge, right before the Type 366 radar. This array first appeared on Type 054A frigate, but it was actually first on top of the bridge, and on later Type 054A, then moved to the hanger, first at the back, then the sides, and it even differs ship to ship. Putting it on top and aft of the hanger is also a new location I have not seen for the 054A. Since then I use this antenna as a key detail to indicate whether the 054A image is old or recent.

This antenna is also never built into the 052D during their construction, and is only retrofitted to some 052D, as most still don't have it due to being a project still in progress. We will see if they are added to the 052D that are currently in construction right now. These are now included in the latest batch of 056A being fitted.

So to have this array installed on a 054A right during its construction is news to me.
 
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Tam

Major
Registered Member
The reason why I think some people may think the new frigate is 529 is because of the antenna around the sides of the top of the mast, here covered.

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Here uncovered.

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I am not sure what those things are although I have suspicions, but one thing for sure they were not there when Zhoushan was commissioned. These arrays were a test refit to the Zhoushan at a much later date. There are similar things on the last batch of 054A, but were installed on the mast tower with the Type 364 radar. I have not seen any other 054A with these arrays set on the front mast other than 529 Zhoushan with the installation of such occuring at a later time period.

Note also the lack of the cylindrical marshmallow array on top of the hanger. The array is also lacking in the 054A behind 529.

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I am pretty sure that the frigate being built is a very new build.
 

by78

Brigadier
The reason why I think some people may think the new frigate is 529 is because of the antenna around the sides of the top of the mast, here covered.

I am pretty sure that the frigate being built is a very new build.
I think @Interstellar is right. This is the 529 being upgraded in the dry dock. Zoom in on the image below, note the distinct contours of her bow, which are only featured on the first four units of the 054A series. I had my doubts about this being a new build when I first posted the images, because the background buildings behind the dry dock didn't match those in a previous image of the Pakistani 054A. However, since I couldn't think of other possibilities, I sort of hedged it a bit with my statement.

 

Tam

Major
Registered Member
I think @Interstellar is right. This is the 529 being upgraded in the dry dock. Zoom in on the image below, note the distinct contours of her bow, which are only featured on the first four units of the 054A series. I had my doubts about this being a new build when I first posted the images, because the background buildings behind the dry dock didn't match those in a previous image of the Pakistani 054A. However, since I couldn't think of other possibilities, I sort of hedged it a bit with my statement.

Makes sense. This can be the upgrade where 529 got those antenna on the mast and the one on the back. Every 054A has a scheduled maintenance where a minor refit is done that adds those antenna on the back, although the ones on the mast of 529 were never repeated on other 054A. This is the yard that does the refits.

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