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CNS Wuyi Shan (974)

Landing Ship Tank (LST) [ 2016 ]

CNS Wuyi Shan 974 is one of fifteen Landing Ship Tanks actively operated by the PLAN.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/01/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

CNS Wuyi Shan (974) is a "Landing Ship, Tank" (LST) operated by the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The vessel was commissioned into service in 2016, displaces 4,800 tons under full load, and is in active service as of 2023. It was showcased by state-run media in an April 2023 display and open to the public for viewing to "further arouse patriotism?which will provide us with inexhaustible motivation and support for war preparations".

The PLAN operates fifteen total hulls belonging to the Type 072A landing ship class. It is recognized by NATO as the Yuting II-class. They are an evolution of the earlier Type 072II/III models while fulfilling the same seaborne battlefield role.

Dimensions include a running length of 120 meters, a beam of 16.4 meters, and a draught of 3.2 meters. The shallow draught is of particular importance as close-to-shore amphibious actions are concerned. Aboard is a crew complement of 120 personnel. Power is from a pair of marine diesels driving twin shafts astern giving the ship a maximum speed of 17 knots (in ideal conditions) with a range out to 3,000 nautical miles (when cruising at 14 knots).

The ship can house up to 250 combat-ready troops and supports up to 10 armored vehicles and a pair of medium-lift helicopters. Vehicles can be launched at-sea and travel from ship-to-shore to enforce an amphibious assault. Helicopters can provide fire support, spotting, and resupply actions in the same operation.

Externally, the vessel has a long and slender shape. The bridge works are concentrated aft of midships / ahead of the stern. The stern is reserved for the helipad / hangar deck area. The smoke funnel structure is concentrated just aft of the bridge section which seats the main mast and its communication /sensor equipment. The bow line is raised when compared to the rest of the design, giving the hull a water-cutting capability when at-speed in rougher seas.

Armament is strictly self-defensive in nature, comprised of a single 30mm, digitally-controlled autocannon. As such, the vessel relies on accompanying warships and aircraft for its survival.

The PLAN has a heavy concentration of amphibious assault vessels making up a critical component of the main surface fleet, a fighting force that would no doubt be brought to bear should China decide to overtake neighboring Taiwan by military force.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Type 072A (Yuting II-class)

CNS Tianzhu (911); Daqing Shan (912); Baxian Shan (913); CNS Wuyi Shan (974/914); Vessel 915; Tianmu Shan (916); Vessel 917; Dabie Shan (981); Tiahan Shan (982); Huadin Shan (992); Luoxiao Shan (993); Daiyun Shan (994); Wanyang Shan (995); Laotie Shan (996); Yunwu Shan (997)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Amphibious Assault
A shallow draught, and other qualities, give this vessel the ability to support amphibious assault operations close-to-shore.

Vessel's hull design is such that it can operate in close-to-shore / shallow water environments.
Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
An Over-the-Horizon operational capability is granted to the vessel, typically through launched fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft.
Onboard facilities provide for the launching of air and/or land elements for shore attack and infiltration.

393.7 ft
120.00 m
53.8 ft
16.40 m
10.5 ft
3.20 m

Installed Power: 2 x Marine diesels driving 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
17.0 kts
(19.6 mph)
3,002 nm
(3,455 mi | 5,560 km)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannon.

Supported Types

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(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 OR 2 x Medium-lift navy helicopters supported from the stern-based helipad.

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