Type 054/A FFG Thread II


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They had a wish of making it like JF17s.
there were no reports of Pakistan Navy interest in manufacturing of bigger Ships like Type-54AP, in fact it was well understood years before the actual negotiations that PN would go for of OTS purchase in the form of F-22P batch-II from China for the replacements old frigates of PN ....

And as initial media reports at least 1st type-54AP would be configured same as PLAN Type-54 ships
 

Tam

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Pakistan Navy wanted a FREMM or at least La Fayette type fittings and armaments as well as local production with 054A order. They had a wish of making it like JF17s. But China had told them to stay with default fittings and chinese shipyard construction to get it quickly and cheaply as all sunk cost have been recovered with it long running productions with established procedures. So Pakistan went for cheaper offer to get them quickly with minimal customization as possible. I would hope Pakistan Navy order another batch 4 of these to meet its base frigate requirements + 3-4 052D destroyers for fleet air defense.
Fittings on the 054AP are not default. Many of the default fittings on the 054A are not allowed for export, specifically the Type 382 search radar and the EW fittings. So the search radars are changed, but took a step towards a more advanced search radar, while the EW suite appears customized, at least externally according to the model, its not like the 054A's. In addition a VHF radar is added, but this model is one that is already on the F22P. The 054A in PLAN guise does not have any VHF radar. Its possible the PN also ordered the CM302 for antiship missiles but I have not heard confirmation. That's the export version of the YJ-12 supersonic missile instead of the CM802 which is the export YJ-83.

So the 054A/P isn't a standard 054A, and the search radar in particular is an AESA, the SR2410C is more in the category of the SMART-S Mk II or the Type 997 Artisan 3D, SAAB Sea Giraffe II or the Airbus TRS-4D.
 

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Export customers generally want equipment that has a proven record of performance and reliability, an established logistics chain, and domestic service buy-in as a guarantee of long-term support.

I don't think there is any real issue using the older VLS. 054A doesn't have the radar for and is clearly not intended as a long-range "shield type" AAW platform, so it doesn't need to fire HQ-9 or successor missiles. Anti-ship or land-attack missiles can be mounted in box launchers. The only real issue is a probable lack of compatibility with the future 5-5-5 quad-pack missile. But even on that score, HQ-16 is likely to outperform it on a per-missile basis. Even if 054B and all future PLAN warships are equipped with the universal VLS system, PLAN will still be using the older system for at least the next 25 years, and HQ-16 itself has considerable future development potential, being almost as large as SM-2.
Both SM-2 and the Buk missile are almost exactly 700kg, the SM-2 around 707kg and the Buk around 690 to 715kg. Given the HQ-16 is a copy of the latter, its safe to assume the same weight range. The SM-2 is around .34m in diameter while the Buk or HQ-16 is around .4m in diameter.

It stands that the H/AJK-16 VLS might have similar cell dimensions with the Mk. 41 except on length. To hold quadpack smaller SAMs, all you need is enough X and Y dimensions of the cell, and not the Z (depth) of the cell. For the H/AJK-16, it has to be over 5.5 meters in depth in order to accomodate the HQ-16. It would be comparable with the air defense versions of the Mk. 41 which are limited up to 5.3 meters in depth, but not the Strike and Tactical versions at 6.8 meters (Tactical) and 7.7 meters for the Strike, which are meant for Tomahawks and the SM-3. It stands possible that the H/AJK-16 as it is, may hold quad pack SAMs, with cruise missiles being out of the table.

Given that the DK-10 appears to be rejected by the PLAN in favor for the mystery 5-5-5 missile, DK-10 could be approved for export. Its land based version, Skydragon 50 or SD-50, already has been exported like say, Morocco. I don't have the length of the SD-50 but it should fall well within the length of the HQ-16. Potentially, four DK-10/SD-50 can be quadpacked into the H/AJK-16 cell. DK-10 will not perform as well as 5-5-5, with its maximum G stated at 38G, while 5-5-5 is up to 50G, the DK-10's speed may only be Mach 3-4, while the 5-5-5 reaches Mach 5. That is what you get with a smaller and older missile design. Nonetheless, the DK-10 performs similarly to the SD-10 used by FC-17 because the DK-10/SD-50 is a sea/land based version of the SD-10 which is the export PL-12. As such, it will also carry an active guided seeker.

There is no certainty or proof that the PN has ordered the DK-10/SD-50 but I believe that should be a viable ESSM like option for the 054A/P's VLS.
 
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timepass

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I would hope Pakistan Navy order another batch 4 of these to meet its base frigate requirements .
PN recently done an extensive shopping keeping in view the budget constraints ,,,,

NEW:

8 SSKs (Qiung Class)
4 FFGs (054A/P)
4 FFGs/Corvettes (Milgem Class)
2 + 2 OPVs (Damen Class)
3 + 3 MPAs ( RAS-72 Sea Eagle)
2 Cutters for PMSA (054 Class)
4 Cutters for PMSA (056 Class)
6 MPVs for PMSA (600 Tons Maritime Patrol Vessels)
1 + 1 Fleet replenishment Tanker

Upgrade:

SSKs (Agosta 90Bs) under process
F22Ps - Yet to start


+ 3-4 052D destroyers for fleet air defense.
With above mentioned list the chances for NEW acquisitions are less but there are talks/rumors in PN circles for leasing some DDGs in coming years, IMO they are eyeing on PLAN assets when they will be available.
 

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BoggedDown said:
They had a wish of making it like JF17s.
there were no reports of Pakistan Navy interest in manufacturing of bigger Ships like Type-54AP, in fact it was well understood years before the actual negotiations that PN would go for of OTS purchase in the form of F-22P batch-II from China for the replacements old frigates of PN ....


PN first thought F-22P for that role for joint development. But it did not proceed further due to limited capability of the platform. Then they turn to Type-054P but they were told cost would too much for local production and customization. Now Turkish Milgem-J took that role of joint development and local production. That is the reason it took so long for them to order Type-054A ships. Also Pakistan procurement strategy has changed at bit due to joint strategy and commonality of fleets with China as much as possible so there will be more off the shelf purchase to prop up numbers and base requirements. Local production and customization as well as specialized equipments from non Chinese sources like Turkey.
 

ougoah

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What it this mystery missile? Do you have a link or a source?
Supposedly a new SAM optimised for medium range interceptions. 5-5-5 refers to 50km range, 50g capable, mach 5. The mach 5 speed is insanely impressive if true. Most "fast" SAMs top out at around mach 4. 50km "shorter" range than your typical newer block HQ-16 may be because of quicker burn. Or maybe it's just a smaller missile overall than the HQ-16 and uses a booster stage.
 

sequ

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Supposedly a new SAM optimised for medium range interceptions. 5-5-5 refers to 50km range, 50g capable, mach 5. The mach 5 speed is insanely impressive if true. Most "fast" SAMs top out at around mach 4. 50km "shorter" range than your typical newer block HQ-16 may be because of quicker burn. Or maybe it's just a smaller missile overall than the HQ-16 and uses a booster stage.
Where was its existence first mentioned?
 

timepass

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there were no reports of Pakistan Navy interest in manufacturing of bigger Ships like Type-54AP, in fact it was well understood years before the actual negotiations that PN would go for of OTS purchase in the form of F-22P batch-II from China for the replacements old frigates of PN ....
Nope...they build 1 cutter (054 Class - 3500t) out of 2 for PMSA in Karachi in 2016
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