BEIJING, -- Photographs posted on Chinese online forums show that a further three Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes have been launched. The latest of the vessels was launched at the Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan around 3 October and is the 39th of the class to enter the water.
On 19 June satellite imagery showed the two other corvettes under construction in a dry dock at the Liaonan shipyard in Lushun. By early October photographs of the fitting-out berths in the yard showed that the ships had been launched and that the installation of sensors, antennas, and missile launchers was continuing with the ships afloat.
Online sources suggest that these ships were launched about 14 September.
A total of 27 Jiangdao-class corvettes are currently in service with the People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN), according to IHS Jane's World Navies .
The vessels displace around 1,500 tonnes, are armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo launchers, and an eight-cell HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missile launcher.
While a number of the class are equipped with a variable depth sonar, the photographs available of the three recently launched ships do not show whether any of them are the anti-submarine variant.
The rate of production of the Jiangdao-class ships averages about one every six weeks. Twelve ships of the class are currently being fitted out or undergoing pre-commissioning trials at the four shipyards involved in their construction: three each at Liaonan, Wuchang, Hudong, and Huangpu.
Fitting out and sea trials for these ships takes around 12 months, so four of these are likely to enter service before the end of the year.
The People's Liberation Army Navy Surface Force Type 056 Jiangdao - anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette.