Type 056 corvette(left) and Type 054A frigate

Type 054A Jiangkai-II area defence frigates are equipped with a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) to fire the HQ-16 SAM system while the Type 056 Corvette/Light Frigate is armed with four YJ-83 Anti-Ship Missiles and eight Cell HHQ-10 CIWS. Both carry Harbin Z-9EC helicopters on board.

Type 056 corvettes

Type 056 corvette







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19 Responses to TYPE 056 CORVETTE AND TYPE 054 FRIGATE

  1. beegeagle says:

    TYPE 054A ‘Jiangkai II’ stealth frigate
    +/- US$230 million.

  2. Blackrev says:

    Oga beeg, which type is Nigeria getting next year and how many?

  3. beegeagle says:

    To an extent, Oga Jimmy, you are right…in the manner of Gowind corvette and Gowing OPV, we could say it is a Type 056 OPV – with a specific Nigerian designation that is “P18N”. What we are getting is an enlarged OPV derivative of the Type 056 corvette. It can still be converted to a full, enlarged corvette with the right panoply.

    Be that as it may, the NN would be advised to make those FULLY multimission-capable. Like the Thai Navy have done with the Pattani OPVs to which they added two-cell Harpoon AShM launchers, we can have a two-cell C803 AShM launcher and a six-cell FM90 SAM launcher on each ship. That can be achieved for US$8-10m on both ships. Last time I checked, a C803 AShM cost US$800k apiece.

    As we speak, the reality is that we are very slow on the uptake as far as the acquisition of significant platforms goes. There is no other conclusion that can be drawn for a navy which last received new-build nay non-oceanic 58 metre 350-ton ships three decades ago.

    Bearing that in mind, the NN would do well to revise the construction plan now and pay the minor differential for those ships to be made dual-purpose OPVs and fighting ships rolled into one.

    It might turn out to be a very long wait if the NN bank on the hope that someone would come around to the idea of swiftly following up this transaction with the acquisition of fighting ships.

    Which is easier to achieve – spend US$10 million extra now and get these ships to be fully multifunctional OR hope that someone would see reason at a later date and provide US$150 million dollars for the acquisition of two corvettes? The smarter choice is self-evident.

    God grant us the courage to change the things that we can. Enough said.

  4. beegeagle says:

    We can easily pull ourselves out of this lethargic state by acquiring stuff on credit.

    For as little as US$400 million dollars, we can get a brand-new Type 054A frigate and two Type 056 corvettes and three Harbin Z-9EC ASW helics plus a free used Type 53H2 frigate. We can make a down payment of US$100 million and get China EXIM Bank to provide the US$300 million balance – repayable over a fifteen year period. That would hardly require annual servicing costs of US$22 million, so why are we making a mountain out of the mole hill that is getting the NN into the great shape it was in, pre-1995? I mean, that gives us four oceangoing fighting ships in one loop!

    We can then ask the NNPC to acquire both ex-German Type 122A frigates for about US$90m while we acquire two Daewoo Makassar LPDs for US$100 million, three upgunned Damen 8313 ORPVs for US$65 million and a General Besson LSV for US$35 million – for a total of US$200 million – from the 2014 budget.

    What I have just itemised is a US$690 million roadmap (inclusive of a US$300 million credit line) by which we can acquire four frigates, two corvettes, three OPVs, two LPDs and a LSV, for a total of twelve oceangoing ships (nine of them being brand-new), with half of that dozen being stern fighting ships – starting now and with deliveries running through to 2016.

    Please note that as of 1998, we had two frigates and four corvettes (NNS Aradu, NNS Obuma, NNS Enyimiri, NNS Erinomi, NNS Dorina and NNS Otobo) and have since decommissioned half of those without acquiring replacements for them. Are we intent on retrogression? I thought we ought to have overshot our best-ever efforts by now?

    The C-in-C appears to have the will to reposition the Navy. I am not so sure about the service he is getting from the National Assembly where matters of defence and security scarcely transcend fact-finding trips which have not impacted provisioning in any marked way.

    We can get things done faster by using Preferential Buyers Credit, oil-for-arms barter deals and dipping our pudgy fingers into that Forex Account. Without displacement, there can be no replacement.

    At a time last year, the Forex Reserves were growing by a billion dollars every ten days! When are we going to have the courage to take out the stash for two weeks and get out needs met? Life is about taking chances. Our economy is growing at a good rate. When better to take a chance than now?

    When Uganda’s President Museveni took out about half of his country’s reserves (US$740 million) to buy Su-30MK2 jets and T90 tanks in 2011, he rode his luck. Two years down the line, he has recouped those drawings and not endangered his country’s economy in any fathomable way.

    So why would a Nigeria which keeps US$46 billion in Forex Reserves and US$7 billion in the Excess Crude Account be so lacking in courage to take out US$1.5bn of that sum and knock her forces back into optimum shape? It beggars belief.

    That appropriate time to act might never come and we are approaching the point where it might be harder to accomplish if all systems become obsolete while we assure ourselves that we are attending to competing demands. Is that the problem? How many billions of dollars get looted in Nigeria annually?

    We need to get ourselves into the right frame of mind to act decisively. Time is of the essence.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Analyst, waiting for you to check your email still.

  6. freeegulf says:

    marshal beegs, the chagrin of our political masters is confounding and quite ludicrous. they probably hear the naira equivalent and that causes despair. the world is not going to wait for us, if we don’t take care of our security, others will turn us into a foot mat.

  7. beegeagle says:

    Who devalued the naira – the citizens or governments? Do they get alarmed by naira equivalence when they seek to acquire official bullet-proof cars and SUVs for their own protection – some costing US$500,000 apiece?

    Comparatively, the naval array which I detailed above implies spending a miserable US$4 (640 naira) on maritime security for every Nigerian. What is so grand about that?

    Please, they should just get on with it and forget all the real and imagined reasons which they are forever throwing up. We have been under-served for way too long already. National security is not cheap business. It transcends frontiers and is denominated in dollars.

    Every purposeful and hard-headed decision maker knows that it is important to kill as many birds with any stone which gets to hand. Let us turn the walking stick in our hands into a sword.

    There are no prizes available for being the nicest guy in the neighbourhood. Nobody buys a big ship and leaves it as a floating can just to prove their innocuous intentions. Nigeria appear to be taking compliance to bizarre extremes. We need to quit the posturing and do only that which serves our best interest.

    ARM UP our incoming Type 056 OPVs (the so called P18N OPVs) with a light footprint of anti-ship missiles and surface to air missiles. That is what makes sense given our slow uptake in vessel acquisition. That is what is realistic at a time when even our tiny nextdoor maritime neighbour, Equato-Guinea, have a 2,350 ton Barosso-class light frigate on order from Brazil. We have no fighting ship of that size on order. So why must we go acquiring gun-armed big ships at a time like this?

    We need to make any major acquisition COUNT o.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Generalissimo, we have a NEW 7 Infantry Division anchored in the Northeast. Our dreams have come alive! Your thoughts abeg..lef Honourables mek dem dey fumble dia for Abuja 🙂


  9. gbash10 says:

    The Type 054A Frigate and the Type 056 Corvette are beautiful warships,with their capabilities in terms of ASW/ASUW,anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface unit warfare and Air Defence systems,they seem to be multimission warships that should be acquired for the Nigerian Navy.

    • beegeagle says:

      O’boy, that Type 054A frigate go baaad. From NNS Beecroft, its 32-shot VLS can keep any aircraft out of the airspace over ALL of Lagos. It is a frigate and an area air defence system rolled into one.

  10. gbash10 says:

    Why is it that most of us on this blog seem to understand the capabilities of modern High-Tech weapons and their operational,tactical and strategic deployment than those in the Ministry of Defence,Abuja, the Joint Committee on Defence of the National Assembly,the National Defence Council and in even the Presidency?

  11. johnbest1 says:

    That’s because we actually take our time to do the research for what we believe ould be the best for our country,most of them in the ministry of defence are civilians who have never seen what real war is or just are just too lazy to do any real work and choose to give excuses of we have weak neigbours to cover up,and those of military background who do the research are either shot down or not taken serious and so are discouraged from speaking up again.
    In my opinion I would say that any minister who is going for defence should have a military background and all those on the defence commitee who don’t have military background should have ex military aides ho would brief them on the importance of equiping the military.

  12. G8T Nigeria says:

    additionally, our defence minister should be an ex military general. The show of having incompetent figures running our defence sector might not be good enough. The recent crisis between the services and MOD tells how bad things have gone.

  13. jimmy says:


    READ about one of the true greats of the Nigerian Navy,Admiral GANIYU ADEKEYE

    (excerpts from ECOMOG)


  14. Max Montero says:

    Thailand was offered by China for 3 Type 054A frigates and 3 Z-9 ASW helicopters for a little lass than $1 billion. That makes it around $330 million for each frigate with helicopter. For a full-sized frigate, the Chinese offer is already very cheap. If Nigeria could secure at least 1 unit, it will make wonders for the entire NN.

    Max (maxdefense.blogspot.com)

  15. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, Admiral Max. We discussed that last month.


    Perhaps Thailand negotiated human skulls into the bargain :-). A standard Type 054A is gettable for US$230-250 million.

    In a related manner, the F22P frigates are also projected to cost US$200 million but Pakistan got theirs, plus Z-9 ASW helics, at a cost of US$175 million (US$165 million+$10m, in effect). It all depends on the package, if you ask me.

  16. beegeagle says:


    Bangladesh are taking delivery of these two ex-Chinese Type 53H2 frigates this year. They already operate one which was acquired in 1989 – the BNS Osman.

    These off-the-shell options, including an incoming Hamilton-class ship from the USA, will help to bridge any capability gaps as new-build ships get phased in.

    The ex-PLA Navy Type 53H2 frigates, acquired at very low cost, have been extensively refitted and the navtronics updated.

    Prior to the refit, the panoply of armaments on board included

    – 8 X C-802A SSM
    – 2 x Type 79A dual-100 mm guns
    – 4 x Type 76 dual-37 mm AA guns
    – 2 x 5-tube Type 81 ASW rocket launchers
    – 4 x Type 64 DC projectors
    – 2 x DC racks
    – 2 x Mk. 36 RBOC 6-barrel decoy rocket launchers

    The 100mm guns will be replaced with 76mm guns.

    The Bangladesh Navy in June 2013, received two new Dornier Do-228 NG Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

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