Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos of the day: J-31 test flight

 Shenyang J-31 completed another test flight last week and here are photos of that flight.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Family photo: China Coast Guard type "50/80" cutter

Lead ship of this class "3306" launched at Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard January 2014, last of the first batch of 10 launched October 2014 at Wuhan Shipyard.

The first batch were constructed evenly at 5 each by Huangpu and Wuhan ship yards, their pennant numbers are 1305、1306、1307、2305、2306、2307、2308、3306、3307、3308.

Family photo: China Coast Guard, 4000 ton class cutter.

Lead ship of this class "3401" launched in Sept 2013, last of the first batch of four "3402" launched in June 2014.

Members of this batch are: 3401, 2401, 1401 and 3402, all constructed by  Guangzhou Huangpu shipyard

Monday, October 13, 2014

Syrian military UAV, 3399 RMB!

Yes, boys and girls, you are looking at the largest Coast Guard cutter in the world U/C, weighing in 10,000 Ton

China builds world's largest patrol ship: report

By Yang Jingjie Source:Global Times Published: 2014-1-22 0:38:03

China is reportedly building a 10,000-ton class marine surveillance vessel, the largest of its kind in the world, amid the country's buildup of its maritime law enforcement force against the backdrop of territorial disputes at sea.

Analysts said the ship, with a higher continuous voyage capability than current Chinese ships, could better cope with conditions in the South China Sea and safeguard the country's maritime interests.

According to a Tuesday report by the Beijing Times, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) recently said on its official website that it signed contracts in 2013 to build two kinds of marine surveillance ships, one of them 10,000 tons.

However, the information was no longer available on the company's website on Tuesday.

CSIC's spokesman Liu Zhengguo Tuesday declined to confirm the news to the Global Times, saying it would take days to verify the information.

If confirmed, the vessel under construction would surpass Japan Coast Guard's two 6,500-ton vessels to be the world's largest patrol ship.

The China Coast Guard's (CCG) largest patrol ships in service have a tonnage of 4,000.

China Ocean News reported Tuesday that a 5,000-ton class patrol ship will be deployed to the waters around Sansha, China's newest city, set up to consolidate the country's claim over the South China Sea.

Li Daguang, a professor at the National Defense University of the People's Liberation Army, said that building large tonnage vessels has become a trend in shoring up China's maritime strength, as the fleet of the patrol ships used to be made up of outdated vessels as well as retired warships, which were refitted.

Liu Cigui, head of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), last week told a national maritime work conference that 20 new patrol vessels are under construction.

It is not clear to which area the 10,000-ton vessel allegedly under construction would be commissioned.

Wang Xiaopeng, a maritime border expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that as its continuous voyage capability is expected to be over 10,000 nautical miles, the ship will be able to carry out cross-sea patrols.

Yu Zhirong, a retired official from the maritime law enforcement authority in the East China Sea, told the Global Times the ship is more likely to be deployed in the South China Sea, given the absence of relay stations in the vast waters.

"With abundant supplies and fuel, it would be able to carry out enduring surveillance tasks," said Yu.

Wang shared similar sentiments, noting most of the illegal oil exploitation by foreign countries takes place in waters far away from China's coastal areas.

The expert estimated that the large vessel will be equipped with at least two planes and several boats. "Entering November, the disputed waters become choppy, therefore, only ships above 1,000 tons could sail to the high seas. Meanwhile, the boats attached to the large ship could enter the lagoons for patrol," he said.

Wang also noted that the 10,000-ton vessel could serve as both "shield and sword" in safeguarding China's maritime rights.

According to him, the large ship could more effectively drive away armed foreign fishing boats, which operate in waters claimed by China, and carry out close-up surveillance on offshore oil platforms set up by foreign countries.

Tensions have been running high between Beijing and Tokyo over the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, while China is also locked in disputes on the South China Sea with some Southeast Asian countries.

At last week's maritime work conference, Liu, the SOA head, named the major goals set for this year, including fostering the "combat capability" of the CCG, which was established last July.

He also vowed to strengthen the Chinese maritime law enforcement force's regular presence at sea and deepen the CCG and military's coordination in their maritime operations.
Posted in: Diplomacy, Military

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The end of FFG 514 Zhenjiang

The fate of 514 Zhenjiang after decommission is now settled -- said to have taken an inert AShCM right on the bridge while being a test dummy
-- hmmwv

Monday, May 13, 2013

FFG 514 (ZhenJiang) decommissioned today.

After 514 is gone; of the original 14 Type053H JiangHu I class built, only 4 are remaining with the PLAN.   

中国海军第1代导弹护卫舰镇江舰退役 服役35年
2013年05月13日 17:14  京江晚报  我有话说(162人参与)

  本报讯  昨天,被中央军委以镇江城市命名的我国第一代导弹护卫舰——“镇江舰”在东海舰队服役35年后,正式退役。





  他说,镇江市委、市政府和镇江人民的深情厚谊,将继续激励着我们全体官兵在新的岗位奋勇向前,不畏艰险,继续为祖国的海防事业作出新贡献。(魏华  沈春来)


   海军514舰,于1986年8月1日被中央军委命名为“镇江舰”。从此,镇江市欣喜地多了“一块流动的土地”、“一张流动的名片”。“镇江舰”是一艘有 着辉煌成就的战舰,它在捍卫国家权益、保卫海防、维护主权、支援经济建设等各方面都作出巨大贡献,为我国海军建设培养了一大批优秀的人才。

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The fourth PLAN test ship commissioned.

The first three test ships are:
891 Bi Sheng
892 Hua Luogeng
893 Zhan Tianyou

PLA Navy’s new comprehensive test vessel commissioned
( Source: China Military Online  )

       2014-October-11 17:38

The photos taken in early October show the commissioning and flag presentation ceremony of the comprehensive test ship "Li Siguang" of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in a military port in Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province.

  ZHANJING, October 11 (ChinaMil) – Days ago, a naval port in Zhanjiang witnessed a commissioning and flag presentation ceremony held to mark a new comprehensive test ship "Li Siguang" to join the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

  The "Li Siguang" (hull number 894) is designed and built independently by China. The construction of the ship started in 2012, and it was launched in November 2013.

  The ship is 129.3 meters long and 17 meters wide. Its full load displacement reaches 6,080 tons. The commission of this new comprehensive test ship marks the overall improvement of the PLAN's scientific test level. Background: the first "Li Siguang" ship The old "Li Siguang" survey ship (hull number 871) is China's first medium and long-range comprehensive ocean survey vessel with independent design and manufacturing. The ship was put into service in August 1998.

  The old "Li Siguang" survey ship was mainly responsible for ship engineering and marine surveying. Among all the ships of the PLAN, it was the first ship named after a Chinese scientist. With the commission of the ship, the history that China was not capable of conducting pelagic survey was put to an end.

  The old "Li Siguang" survey ship retired on November 16, 2012 and now has been transformed into a fishery administration vessel with a new hull number-China Yuzheng 206.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

In the age of internet, information can be borrowed without citing source.

I am shocked to see the following posted by Janes Defense Weekly this morning…….They are calling Type052D a Frigate.   JDW, you can do better.

Date Posted: 27-Jul-2012

Jane's Defence Weekly

China 'developing' navalised version of DH-10 cruise missile

J Michael Cole JDW Correspondent

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) appears to be developing a ship-borne variant of the land-based Dong Hai-10 (DH-10) land-attack cruise missile (LACM).

Images of the launcher mounted on PLAN test vessel hull 891 could be the first strong evidence that the Chinese navy is evaluating or certifying a naval variant of the DH-10 LACM. It would provide the service with its first strategic land-attack capability.

The positioning of the launcher suggests a similar configuration to the YJ-62 and YJ-83 anti-ship missile (ASM) launchers in service on PLAN surface combatants. This could minimise the need for structural modifications and allow for interchangeable launchers of a mix of LACMs and ASMs, although this would sacrifice the number of ASMs that could be carried on a vessel.

A likely interim platform for the DH-10 is the Type 052C frigate, which can carry eight rounds. Expeditionary configurations could come with four YJ-62s and four DH-10s, providing limited land-attack and sea-defence capability.

The Type 052D, which is reported to be under development, is expected to carry 16 rounds. It is not yet known whether the PLAN is exploring the possibility of a vertical launch system for the DH-10, which would increase ship safety while giving the missile a 360-degree range regardless of the vessel's orientation.

In 2008 the Second Artillery Corps began deploying the ground-launched DH-10, which has an estimated range of 1,500-2,200 km, with the CJ-10 air-launched variant entering service on PLA Air Force H-6 bombers in 2010.

The introduction of a sea-based LACM capability would extend China's ability to conduct precision strikes against land targets well beyond its shores, including bases and hard targets in Taiwan, Okinawa, and the East China and South China seas.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Navalized DH-10 LACM

Deployment of Land Attack Cruise Missiles (LACM) on Chinese warships will bring new dimensions to diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

Images have surfaced of a naval variant of the DH-10 LACM on a China Navy test vessel. The missile canisters spotted appear to be virtually identical to the land-based variant. This sort of arrangement is reminiscent to the deployment of the BGM-109 Tomahawk on United States Navy surface combatants by way of the MK-143 Armored Box Launcher. The MK-143 enabled vessels such as the Iowa Class Battleships and Spruance Class Destroyers to launch the BGM-109.

The images suggest that the DH-10 would be installed in the same way as the YJ-62 or YJ-83 anti-ship missiles. This is advantageous for the current generation of China Navy surface combatants, giving designs such as the 052C land attack capability with minimal structural modification. However, the downside is that the arrangement would sacrifice anti-ship capabilities by substituting the YJ-62 or YJ-83 systems with DH-10 launchers. It also means that only a maximum of eight missiles can be carried and that is assuming the launch canisters can be stacked on top of one another.

In spite of its disadvantages and simplicity compared to the deployment of vertically launched LACMs by other navies, the adoption of a naval variant of the DH-10 is a considerable capability leap for Beijing. This development would enable China to complete its “cruise missile triad”, complementing the already in-service land-based system and the air-launched variant, the CJ-10. Missiles launched from land-based platforms are restricted to striking targets around China’s periphery, not so dissimilar to the range limitations faced by the Second Artillery Force’s inventory of conventional ballistic missiles. Missiles launched from the air force’s H-6 bombers provide more operational flexibility and reach for China’s cruise missiles, similar to the way in which the United States Air Force deploys cruise missiles from its bomber fleet. However, without aerial refueling capability and heavy fighter protection, the H-6 is an aircraft restricted to limited regional operations. The bomber’s obsolete design, slow speed and its vulnerability to interception are weighing heavily against its potential strategic roles.

The China Navy, on the other hand, is the only branch of the Chinese military capable of projecting limited power far beyond China’s shores. While it is debatable whether the China Navy would seek the same sort of global reach as the United States Navy, the possession of ship-launched LACMs would essentially enable Chinese warships to conduct long range precision attacks against land targets around the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The implications are strategic locations that were traditionally distance away from China mainland could now be potentially brought within the firing range of DH-10 armed vessels.

The fact that DH-10 is mounted on a test vessel that has yet sail suggests that it is still very early its development cycle. If the rumored Type 052D destroyer, the successor of the 052C that is reportedly under construction is mounted with DH-10, then a universal vertical launch system for Chinese armed forces is a reality.

It would also be interesting to monitor the future development of an undersea DH-10 systems as arming Beijing’s fleet of conventional and nuclear attack submarines with submarine-launched DH-10 missiles will have far reaching implications.