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CNS Type 054B

Guided-Missile Frigate [ 2024 ]

The Type 054B marks an all-new guided-missile frigate design appearing under construction at a Chinese shipyard with enhanced capabilities and all-modern systems.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/01/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The newest addition to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) inventory of China is the Type 054B guided-missile frigate. The design is a dimensionally larger, more modern, and heavier warship when compared to the in-service frigate offerings available. The unfinished hull was revealed in August of 2023 while at Hudong-Zhonghua, Shanghai as it completes its construction phase. At least three other hulls are thought to be under construction marking an all-new generation of "fighting frigates" for the country as it continues to inch towards naval dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.

On paper, the Type 054B is seen as a direct successor to the aging line of Type 054A (Jiangkai II) class warships which began entering commissioned service in 2008 with some 30 total hulls completed to date (2023).

In keeping with modern naval warfare, the new vessel is a "multi-mission" design capable of operating independently or as part of the main fighting fleet with systems aboard to counter most any at-sea threat: S-Band Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar / X-band radar, hull and towed sonar arrays, battlefield management / fire control (Type 349A), and Electronic Warfare (EW) are all addressed in the new frigate.

The profile of the ship is consistent with modern warship design: protrusions are kept to a minimum and slab-sides provide a stealthy appearance along the horizon. The main mast is of an enclosed, pyramidal type and the smoke funnels are low-profile installations at midships. The hull line is unbroken from bow to stern and the rear section of the hull is stepped down from the hangar deck to the helicopter landing area to better serve the Harbin Z-20 ("Chinese Blackhawk") types. A second mast work is set aft of midships and integrated into the smoke funnel structure.

The weapons suite appears to follow established tradition as guided-missile frigates go: there is a 100mm turreted deck gun over the forecastle with a 32-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) set just aft of this installation and ahead of the bridge section. The VLS will have support for various in-service Chinese Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) solutions. At midships will be 2 x 4-cell ASM launchers and a single 30mm H/PJ-11 Gatling-style Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) ahead of the bridge is expected to round out the offensive capabilities of the warship. Though not confirmed, 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes will most likely form a part of the armament suite.

Over the rear is the landing pad with integrated hangar facilities for supporting up to two medium-lift navy helicopters (one exposed, the other housed) used in Over-the-Horizon (OtH) work. Support for tactical-level, maritime-minded ISR / UCAV drones is assumed for this modern warship.

An electric-assisted propulsion system will propel the ship to speeds of 29 knots out to a range of 5,000 miles (estimated).©MilitaryFactory.com
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Hudong-Zhonghua (Shanghai) - China
Operators National flag of China
National Origin
Under Construction
Project Status
Type 054B
Hull Class
Unnamed Hull 1; Unnamed Hull 2; Unnamed Hull 3; Unnamed Hull 4

Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Fleet Support
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.

515.0 feet
(156.97 meters)
58.8 feet
(17.92 meters)
20.0 feet
(6.10 meters)

2 x Gas Turbines driving 2 x Shafts astern.
29.0 knots
(33.4 mph)
Surface Speed
4,345 nm
(5,000 miles | 8,047 km)
1 knot = 1.15 mph; 1 nm = 1.15 mile; 1 nm = 1.85 km

1 x 100mm turreted deck gun over forecastle.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and / or Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) solutions ahead of bridge section / aft of deck gun emplacement.
2 x 4-cell Anti-ship missile launchers at midships.
1 x 30mm H/PJ-11 Gatling-style Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) ahead of bridge section.
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes (assumed).

1 or 2 x Medium-lift navy helicopters supported from the stern flight deck / hangar area. Also assumed support for various tactical-level maritime drones / UAVs.

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