IEPS was never seriously considered for the 055, and the popular consensus was on conventional propulsion from the beginning. It was only ever acknowledged to be a distinct possibility for the next variant, the 055A or whatever it will eventually be called.Similar rumours floated around some time ago for the 055. Later it turned out to be a COGAG powered platform.
as Higgle mentioned, 055 for most of its duration before it was revealed was spoken about in terms of COGAG. IEPS for 055 was mentioned for a follow on variant to the initial 055, tentatively dubbed as 055A.Similar rumours floated around some time ago for the 055. Later it turned out to be a COGAG powered platform.
Grigorovich is COGAG as all the rest of 11356. Russian 20380/20385 are all Diesel, but they are rather small ships of 2500 tons. The 4500 ton 20386 will switch to GT IEPS.If new frigate gets a 1GT + 2D configuration like Fremm or Sachsen class, it likely gets a new designation like 057.
Its only one GT short of the 052.
There are modern frigates that have 2GT+2D configuration like 052X, including Admiral Grigorovich, Admiral Gorshkov, Navantia F100-F110 class, De Seven Provincien class. If you build a cheaper frigate out of the 052X platform, will you still call it a Type 052X?
Still though, its supposed to have only 16 redut vls cells and 8 anti shippers(slant launchers, not uksk). It'll be very unlike russians of today to dispense 4500 tons of metal for just that much of armament (considering they've been putting uksk launchers on tiny boats like buyan m).
It's utterly ridiculous and irresponsible of the website to describe these as "China’s next-generation frigate images".
It looks like the speculation is going on overdrive. That said the ship looks great and does confirm with the recent Chinese design elements found on type 052D and type 055 DDGs.
here are the pics by the way.
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