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CNS Hanzhong (520/648)


Light Frigate / Corvette Warship


China | 2017



"CNS Hanzhong 648 is a modern light frigate-corvette offering of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy."



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CNS Hanzhong (648) is a light-class frigate surface combatant of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The warship belongs to the Type 056A class, an evolved form of the earlier Type 056. The original ships began service in 2013 while the newer version came online beginning in 2014. The class is recognized by NATO as the "Jiangdao-class" and their general displacement makes them more akin to a corvette rather than a frigate. With over seventy hulls having been constructed, the class makes up a potent part of Chinese actions in the region and around the world. The design also serves the navies of Bangladesh and Nigeria.

The 1,500-ton Hanzhong was built by Whampoa and launched on June 22nd, 2016. She was formally commissioned into service with the PLAN on July 11th, 2017 and remains in active status with the branch today (2022) with the South Sea Fleet.

The light frigate is an- all-modern offering, incorporating stealth design and advanced processing systems and sensors coupled to an armament suite comprised of ballistic, missile, and torpedo measures. The forecastle's only protrusion is the turreted deck gun. This is sat ahead of the bridge superstructure which is stepped, leading up to the largely enclosed main mast. Aft of this is a break in the design in which a pair of crisscrossed, twin-cell anti-ship missile launchers are mounted. The low-profile, all-enclosed smoke funnel is at midships ahead of the aft superstructure section. The section integrates to the open-area helipad over the stern.

Sonar is carried both in the hull and as a towed array unit for submarine-hunting. The stern helipad supports a single Harbin Z-9 helicopter or similar for over-the-horizon operations including submarine / ship hunting and Search and Rescue sorties.

Armament is made up of a single-gunned 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun, 2 x Twin-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers, 1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher, 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes, and 2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons.

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June 2022 - Hanzhong (648) was photographed on exercise with PLA Southern Theater Command.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Hanzhong (520/648).
2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesels driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
Propulsion
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
3,476 nm
4,000 miles | 6,437 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Hanzhong (520/648).
72
Personnel
Complement
300.0 ft
91.44 meters
O/A Length
36.5 ft
11.13 meters
Beam
13.0 ft
3.96 meters
Draught
1,500
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Hanzhong (520/648).
1 x 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun.
2 x 2-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes.
2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Hanzhong (520/648).
1 x Harbin Z-9 (or similar) navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad.
Ships-in-Class (72)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Hanzhong (520/648) family line as relating to the Type 056A (Jiangdao-class) group.
CNS Hanzhong (520/648)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the CNS Hanzhong (520/648). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Whampoa Shipyard - China
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Image of the CNS Hanzhong (520/648)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
CLOSE-TO-SHORE
OFFSHORE BOMBARDMENT
OFFSHORE OPERATION
LAND-ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
AIRSPACE DENIAL
FLEET SUPPORT
SHIP-TO-SHORE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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