Naval Weapons

China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

13 April 2017

Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS).

Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's helicopter hangar, providing it with a means of defence against precision guided munitions and hostile aircraft. Besides the CIWS, the ship has also been armed with a 76 mm PJ-26 naval gun as its primary weapon.

The 134 m platform, which bears the pennant number 46301 is from a new class of cutters that derives its design from the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) 3500-tonne Jiangkai II-class (Type 054A) frigate.

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