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HTMS Saiburi (FFG-458)

Guided-Missile Frigate Warship [ 1992 ]

The Royal Thai Navy owns four of the Chinese-made Type 053 guided-missile frigates including HTMS Saiburi FFG-458.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/23/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Royal Thai Navy invested in four of the Chinese-made Type 053HT-class warships to serve in the guided-missile frigate role. Fifty-three of this type were made for both the Chinese Navy and several foreign buyers including Thailand. The four commissioned were HTMS Chao Phraya (FFG-455), HTMS Bangpaking (FFG-456), HTMS Kraburi (FFG-457) and HTMS Saiburi (FFG-458). The warships were built in the early-1990s through a Chinese export initiative and thus went on to lack some of the standard fittings found on Chinese Navy versions.

HTMS Saiburi, the focus of this article, remains in service as of this writing (2018).

As a guided-missile frigate, HTMS Saiburi can be called upon to undertake various mission types individually or as part of the main fleet. Its armament is a mix of conventional projectile-based weapons as well as some missile-minded systems. Various systems aboard the vessel provide the warship with a modern capability when confronting various sea-based and incoming aerial threats.

The warship displaces up to 1,500 tons and has an overall length of 338.5 feet, a beam of 35.4 feet and a draught of 10 feet. Installed power is a diesel arrangement allowing the ship to make headway at about 26 knots out to a range of 4,600 miles (when cruising at 18 knots). She is armed through 2 x 100mm turreted deck guns, 6 x SY-1 surface-to-surface / anti-ship missile launchers, 4 x 37mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns (in two twin-gunned installations), 2 x Type 81 quintuple torpedo tubes, 2 x Type 62 5-tube mortar launchers and 2 x Depth charge racks.

The forecastle is raised towards the bow and the hull superstructure is forward-heavy. The bridge overlooks the forecastle in the usual sense with the main mast featured directly aft. The mast is of an enclosed pyramidal type and is home to the "Sun Visor" fire control director. A single smoke funnel is found at midships and this is of a low profile design. A short secondary mast (lattice-style) if fitted towards the stern. Her aft-section has a helideck for supporting a single Navy helicopter.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Type 053-class

HTMS Chao Praya (FFG-455); HTMS Bangpakong (FFG-456); HTMS Kraburi (FFG-457); HTMS Saiburi (FFG-458)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
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.

338.5 ft
103.17 m
35.4 ft
10.79 m
10.0 ft
3.05 m

Installed Power: 2 x 12VE390VA engines developing 7,885 horsepower with 4 x Shaanxi (SEMT Pielstick) 16PA6V280BTC diesel generators.
Surface Speed
26.0 kts
(29.9 mph)
3,997 nm
(4,600 mi | 7,403 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
2 x 100mm turreted deck guns.
6 x SY-1 surface-to-surface missile launchers.
4 x 37mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) guns in two twin-gunned mountings.
2 x Type 81 quintuple torpedo launchers.
2 x Type 62 5-tube mortar launchers.
2 x Depth charge racks.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of a naval depth charge

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
Support for 1 x navy helicopter off of the stern flight deck.

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