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CNS Wuhu (539)


Guided-Missile Frigate Warship


China | 2017



"The long-range, hard-hitting CNS Wuhu 539 is an all-modern guided-missile frigate solution for the PLAN."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/17/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The primary, frontline guided-missile frigate of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is the Type 054A (known to NATO as Jiangkai II-class). This is a potent, numerous class of warships that began commissioned service in 2008 and continue to be constructed today (2023). The 4,200 ton vessels are seen across the North, East, and South Sea Fleets, such is their importance to modern Chinese Navy surface actions.

One of their number is CNS Wuhu (539), commissioned in 2017 and currently assigned to the North Sea Fleet. The warship is of conventional configuration and all-modern capability, featuring powerful radar, sensors, and communications equipment to rival those seen in the West. Similarly, the guided-missile portion of its design is headed by a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing anti-aircraft or anti-ship missiles. Beyond this, the ship is completed with a 76mm turreted deck gun, 2 x 4-cell anti-ship missile launchers, 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes, anti-submarine rocket launchers and digitally-controlled Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs). Beyond this, there is a hull-mounted sonar and trailing sonar array for submarine-hunting.

Over the stern is support a medium-lift helicopter with access to a full-service hangar bay.

Aboard is a complement of 165.

Installed power comes from a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement involving 4 x Shaanxi 16PA6STC marine diesels coupled to 2 x Shafts. This allows the ship to traverse the ocean at speeds of 27 knots out to a range of 8,025 nautical miles.

Inherently fast and granted good endurance while outfitted with the latest in sensors, processing systems, and weaponry, CNS Wuhu is a critical component to Chinese at-sea deterrence and aggression.

CNS Wuhu was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding of Shanghai. She was launched on June 8th, 2016 and formally commissioned into service on June 28th, 2017.

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April 2023 - CNS Wuhu was photographed in active exercises with PLAN forces.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Wuhu (539).
Combined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD): 4 x Shaanxi 16PA6STC marine diesel turbines developing 7,600 horsepower each to 2 x Shafts astern.
Propulsion
27.0 kts
31.1 mph
Surface Speed
8,025 nm
9,235 miles | 14,862 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Wuhu (539).
165
Personnel
Complement
440.0 ft
134.11 meters
O/A Length
52.0 ft
15.85 meters
Beam
4,470
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Wuhu (539).
1 x 76mm PJ26 turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) for Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and/or Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs).
2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship / land-attack missile launchers.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple torpedo tube / launchers.
2 x 6-tube 240mm Type 87 ASROC launchers (36 reloads).
2 x 18-tube Type 726-4 decoy launchers.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Wuhu (539).
1 OR 2 x Harbin Z-9C or similar medium-lift navalized helicopter supported from the stern-based helipad/hangar deck section.
Ships-in-Class (50)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Wuhu (539) family line as relating to the Type 054A (Jiangkai II-class) group.
CNS Wuhu (539)
Operators
Global operator(s) of the CNS Wuhu (539). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Shanghai) - China
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Image of the CNS Wuhu (539)
Image from official Chinese DoD press 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
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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