Type 056 Light Corvette.

A model of the new Type 056 Light Corvette was presented to Hong KongUniversity by the deputy commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, MajorGeneral Wang Junli on November 4th 2010. Since then, it was speculated that this 1500 toncorvette could be the possible replacement of the Jianghu classworkhorse. This could be credible since the two leading Chinese navalaffairs magazines covered the Type056 in their current issues.

Chineseshipyards are capable of building such a corvette -- it bears aresemblance to the Thai Navy's Pattani-class OPV which China exportedin 2006. The Type 056 would up-gun the Thai OPV with four YJ-3/C803 ASMand a FL-3000N RAM launcher aft.

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