Bangladesh Navy's Type 053H3 Frigates

Bangladsh Navy received two Type 053H3 Guided-Missile Frigate from China . The Bangladesh Navy Jiangwei-II frigates is armed with HQ-7 Surface-to-air missile system . Including this two advance ship Bangladesh Navy now operates Six Frigates .

Bangladesh Navy  procured the two China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy frigates under a deal signed in June 2018. The frigates were transferred in a ceremony held on 18 December 2019 at the Shenjia Shipyard in Shanghai . Navy also signed a contract for two more Type 053H3 frigates In September 2019 expected to arrive in 2020 .

One of the two ex-PLAN Jiangwei II-class frigates that were formally handed over to the BN on 18 December. The ship shown here, formerly known as Lianyungang, was overhauled at the Shenjia Shipyard in Shanghai. Source:

The two frigates will be renamed BNS Umer Farroq and BNS Abu Ubaidah once in Bangladesh Navy . The Bangladesh Navy currently operates Six frigates; an Type 053H1 (Jianghu II)-class ship acquired from China in 1989, a modified Ulsan-class platform procured from South Korea in 2001, and two former PLAN Type 053H2 (Jianghu III)-class vessels transferred from China in 2014. BN also operates two larger, 3,250-ton former US Coastguard Hamilton-class cutters, each armed with a 76 mm Oto Melara gun, acquired in 2013 and 2015 .

Features of the Type 053H3 or  Jiangwei-II

The Type 053 frigate is primarily intended for coastal patrol role. Its also have anti-air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) System. The Type 053H3 Frigates is powered by a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion unit. Its provide a maximum speed of 27kt and range of 4,000 nautical miles at 18kt speed .

Type 053H3 Frigates   were built by Hudong Shipyard and Guangzhou Huangpu Shipyard between 1996 and 2005. The frigate has a stern helicopter deck to accommodate a medium size helicopter .

The Type 053H3 frigate is armed with a HQ-7 eight unit SAM launcher and Type 79A twin barrel 100 mm gun.

The air defence weapon system is an 8-cell HongQi-7 short range surface-to-air missile (SAM). The missile uses line-of-sight guidance to engage aircraft flying within the range of 8 to 12km . The YJ-83 sea-skimming missile can carry a 165kg warhead to a range of 180km .The main naval gun system has a firing rate of 18 rounds per minute for a range of 22km.

Displacement:2,250 tons standard, 2,393 tons full load
Length:112 m (367 ft 5 in)
Beam:12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)
Draught:4.3 m (14 ft 1 in)
Propulsion:CODAD, 2 shaft,2 x 18E390VA diesel at 23,600 hp (17,600 kW)2 x MTU diesel at 8,715 hp (6,499 kW)
Speed:28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range:5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 to 16 knots (28 to 30 km/h)
Complement:168 (with 30 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 360 Radar (SR60) Surface Search, E/F bandType 517H-1 (Knife Rest) 2D long-range air search, A-bandType 345 Radar (MR35) HQ-7 Surface-to-air missile and 100 mm gun fire-control, J-bandType 352 Radar (Square Tie) surface search and SSM fire control, I-band2 × Type 347G/EFR-1 (Rice Lamp) dual 37 mm AA gun fire control, I-band2 × Racal RM-1290 Navigation radar, I-band
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Data link: HN-900 (Chinese equivalent of Link 11A/B, to be upgraded)Communication: SNTI-240 SATCOMCombat Data System: ZKJ-3CRWD-8 (Jug Pair) interceptType 981-3 EW JammerSR-210 Radar warning receiverType 651A IFF
Armament:8 × YJ-83 SSM in 2 x 4-cell box launchers1 × 8-cell HQ-7 Surface-to-air missile system1 × PJ33A dual 100 mm gun (automatic)4 × Type 76A dual 37 mm AA guns2 × 6-tube Type 3200 ASW rocket launchers (36 rockets)2 × DC racks & launcher6 × torpedo launchers2 × Type 946/PJ-46 15-barrel decoy rocket launchers
Aircraft carried:Harbin Z-9C
Aviation facilities:Hangar
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