China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group has launched the third of four Shadhinota-class (Type C13B) corvettes on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN), according to a news report published on the sina.com website.
The launch ceremony for the 90 m-long warship – with pennant number F113 – was held on 12 February at the company’s shipyard in Wuhan, said the report.
The vessel follows BNS Shadhinota (F111) and BNS Prottoy (F112), both of which were launched in Wuhan in late 2014 and were commissioned into the BN in March 2016, according to Jane’s Fighting Ships .
However, images show that, unlike the previous two ships of the class, the latest one appears to be equipped with a more advanced phased-array radar, which, according to sina.com, could be the SR2410C 3-D multifunctional radar, although no official confirmation has emerged.
The fourth vessel of the class is also being built at Wuhan.
The Type C13B corvettes, the design of which is based on China’s Type 056 corvettes, have a beam of 11 m, a draft of 4.4 m and a full-load displacement of 1,330 tonnes. Top speed is approximately 25 kt. Each of the ships has a complement of 78, including 60 crew and 18 officers.
As Jane’s previously reported, the Type C13B class is fitted with a 76 mm H/PJ-26 main gun, two 30 mm H/PJ-17-1 close-in weapon systems, a FL-3000N eight-cell launcher for surface-to-air missiles, four C-802 surface-to-surface missiles, and a helipad.
While the combat systems of the Type C13B are broadly similar to those of the Type 056, the BN ships lack a sonar system and anti-submarine weapons.
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