China's 40th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette was launched on 28 October at the Huangpu shipyard in the southern port city of Guangzhou.
The ship is the twelfth of the class to be constructed at the yard. The latest three are currently fitting out at Huangpu or are undergoing post-build sea trials. One of them is expected to enter service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) before the end of the year.
Huangpu is one of four shipyards constructing the 1500-tonne Jiangdao-class corvettes at a rate of about one every six weeks.
The corvettes are armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo launchers, and an eight-cell HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missile launcher.
A number of the class have enhanced anti-submarine capabilities (Type 056A) with towed and variable-depth sonars, in addition to the hull-mounted sonar fitted to all of the class.
Although not equipped with a hangar, a Z-9 helicopter can be operated from the flight deck to either supplement the ship's sonar suite with airborne dipping sonar or provide the capability to engage a submarine at greater range than achievable with ship-launched torpedoes.
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