Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Update from PLAN land

Every year, Chinese shipyards around the country stops working around Chinese New Year. Since Chinese New Year is less than a week away, we got some last minute photos from the Chinese shipyards.

First of all, we see the first two 056 class ships from HuDong shipyard. Now, there is also 056 under construction in HP shipyard, but these ones are more prominent and seem to be further along. There is still a debate on why PLAN even needs these ships, but that's a discussion for another day.



Secondly, we the work on 054As at HP shipyard continues to be extremely fast paced. The fifth ship (548) came back for work in HP shipyard.

The 7th one was launched a while ago.

The 8th one is amazingly far along considering the 6th 054A at HD shipyard just got launched a short while ago.


Finally, we got some new and interesting photos out of JN shipyard.
It looks like the 5th 052C just got launched very recently. The 3rd one has made a return to the shipyard after all the sea trials. I thought it was already commissioned. The next 3 photos show them from different angles. The 3rd one is definitely joining the navy soon. The 4th one has quite a bit to go before being ready to conduct sea trials. The 5th one looks to be slightly less finished than the 3rd and 4th one when they were launched. My feeling is that it was launched at this point because they needed the spaces in the dry dock halls for new ships.



We see below two new ships going into the dry docks and they appear to be the 6th and 7th 052C. I'm not sure if both of them will be 052C, because the rumour is that 7th ship would be in the 052D series.


So, there is a lot of activity going on in the Chinese shipyard. The work will probably stop a month, so we won't have much to see for a while.

9 comments:

Inquiring Mind said...

It looks like the first aircraft carrier battle core group (according to leaked U.S. defense report) is forming.
Aircraft Carrier
4 52D
4 52C
4 54A
several newest submarines
Will it be ready early next year after the new president takes office?

Inquiring Mind said...

It looks like the first aircraft carrier battle core group (according to leaked U.S. defense report) is forming.
Aircraft Carrier
4 52D
4 52C
4 54A
several newest submarines
Will it be ready early next year after the new president took office?

willytan1 said...

China is apparently building 3 new carriers. One carrier each for the Northern fleet, Eastern fleet and the Southern fleet. They are eventually aiming for a navy with four aircraft carriers. The Ex-Varvag will eventually serve as a training carrier.
Facilities will very soon be built for the 3 carriers in their home ports.

The first carrier will use a ski-jump or Stobar. Eventual carriers will use Steam catapults or Emal as the Plan realises the limitations of ski-jump equiped carriers.
The new LHD will also be coming soon.

willytan1 said...

China is apparently building 3 new carriers. One carrier each for the Northern fleet, Eastern fleet and the Southern fleet. They are eventually aiming for a navy with four aircraft carriers. The Ex-Varvag will eventually serve as a training carrier.
Facilities will very soon be built for the 3 carriers in their home ports.

The first carrier will use a ski-jump or Stobar. Eventual carriers will use Steam catapults or Emal as the Plan realises the limitations of ski-jump equiped carriers.
The new LHD will also be coming soon.

cpli said...

Have you disscused Type 056,054
before, whate are the diferencew form 052D.

Thanks.

Feng said...

possibly, they certainly have enough escorts for 3 carrier groups.

willytan1 said...

I believe they are building the 056 as a littoral or coastal patrol ship. The 056 will take over the duties of the 054 thus allowing the 054 to be redeployed as Aircraft Carrier escort ships.

The new 052D will be China's first Arsenal ship. It will be equiped with Land Attack Cruise Missiles guided by the Beidou navigation System.

willytan1 said...

I believe they are building the 056 as a littoral or coastal patrol ship. The 056 will take over the duties of the 054 thus allowing the 054 to be redeployed as Aircraft Carrier escort ships.

The new 052D will be China's first Arsenal ship. It will be equiped with Land Attack Cruise Missiles guided by the Beidou navigation System.

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