New Stealth Frigate for China
The new generation of frigate, which is about to be put into service on a large scale, features good stealth performance and electromagnetic compatibility, according to a news item in the PLA Daily reported by Xinhua.
The new frigate requires only one-third of the crew needed by its predecessor, the Type 053, and it is expected to be deployed primarily for escort missions and anti-submarine operations, said the report.
The PLA (People's Liberation Army) states that the delivery marked the beginning of a systematic upgrade of the navy's equipment and defense. The new type will enhance the navy's capabilities in safeguarding national security, territorial integrity, marine sovereignty and marine interests.