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Photo Credit: Military Factory
What is this that I see – a Harbin Z-9EC onboard a 95 metre 1,440 ton Type 056 corvette? Well, we did say that earlier on in the year, we saw Type 054 frigates and Type 056 corvettes patrolling the waters around James Shoal in the disputed South China Sea and that Z-9EC helicopters could be seen taking off from the frigates and corvettes alike!
Anyway, Nigeria’s 95 metre 1,800 ton P18N stealth OPVs under construction in China have been described as enlarged OPV variants of the Type 056 corvette. That means we should be looking to acquire US$11million Harbin Z-9EC anti submarine warfare helicopters to go with those as well.
Last week, we recommended a US$450 million swoop on military hardware during the course of this week’s high-level visit to China. We recommended that Nigeria pay US$175 million and get China EXIM Bank to offer US$275 million in preferential buyers credit, to facilitate the procurement of
– three Type 056 corvettes
– three Harbin Z-9EC ASW helicopters
– twelve Hongdu L15 Falcon AT/LA jets
– 100 WZ-551 APCs
* plus a FREE, refurbished Type 53H2 frigate thrown in as sweetener