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I have heard that China may be interested in procuring some Project 22800 Karakurts. if so will they replace anything or will they just supplement the Type 022s?
 

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I have heard that China may be interested in procuring some Project 22800 Karakurts. if so will they replace anything or will they just supplement the Type 022s?
just interest for now, but they might replace some older missile ships in current service.
 

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China advances Marine Lizard amphibious USV development
Kelvin Wong, Singapore - Jane's International Defence Review
14 April 2019

The full-scale prototype hull of the Marine Lizard amphibious combat USV seen during its public debut at Airshow China 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its Shuangliu shipyard, CSIC announced on 8 April.

The partially completed hull, constructed by Wuchang Shipbuilding's Module Company division and furnished with a twin waterjet propulsion system, was handed over to Qingdao Wujiang Technology Company for systems integration and further development.

A full-scale prototype of the Marine Lizard USV was first unveiled at the Airshow China exhibition in November 2018 by Qingdao-based unmanned platform control and navigation systems developer Zhongbang Intelligent Technology (ZB Intelligence), which was set up in 2017 by a team of former engineers from state-owned and private companies. Jane's earlier reported that ZB Intelligence's products include the Nob-X unified USV control and navigation system, a software-based interface that enables the operator to control multiple unmanned surface and subsurface platforms.

It is understood that the Marine Lizard USV is under joint development by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group and Qingdao Wujiang Technology Company.

The prototype sea vehicle is constructed from aluminium alloy and adopts a 12-13.5 m long and 4.14-m wide trimaran hullform with a design displacement and draft of 14.7 tonnes and 0.55 m respectively. According to Wuchang Shipbuilding, the hull comprises "thousands" of aluminium alloy plates that are 5-8 mm thick and bonded together using novel fitting and welding processes designed to minimise plate deformation and other production defects.

It is equipped with a hybrid-electric propulsion system - centred on a pair of marine diesel generators of undisclosed output - that power the four electric track units installed under each corner of the hull.

The track units are independently driven and enable the USV to travel on land at a maximum speed of 20 km/h depending on terrain conditions.


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Russia completes deliveries of SU-35 fighter aircraft to China
Gabriel Dominguez, London and Dmitry Fediushko, Moscow - Jane's Defence Weekly
16 April 2019

A PLAAF Su-35 fighter in 2018 taking part in what China described as a “joint combat patrol” over the South China Sea. Moscow said on 16 April that it had completed the delivery of 24 Su-35s to China. Source: Chinese MND

Russia has completed the delivery of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighter aircraft to China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), an official from Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) told Jane's on 16 March.

"The delivery of those platforms to the PRC has been completed," said the official, without revealing when exactly the final batch of aircraft was delivered.

Russian defence conglomerate Rostec had previously been quoted as saying that China had received the first 4 Su-35 platforms in 2016 and a further 10 in 2017 as part of a contract for 24 aircraft estimated to be worth about USD2.5 billion.

In November 2015, Rostec announced that Beijing had signed the contract to purchase the Su-35s, making China the first foreign customer of the Russian-built aircraft, which is claimed to be an upgraded and highly manoeuvrable '4++ generation' fighter with characteristics and performance close to those of upcoming 'fifth-generation combat aircraft'.

The Russian-Sino agreement reportedly includes not only the sale of the aircraft but also the delivery of, among other things, ground support equipment and spare engines, with a military-diplomatic source telling Jane's on 16 April that the contract is expected to be fully implemented by 2020.

"Some additional subsystems, including ground-support hardware, have yet to be delivered. The customer will have received all the pieces of equipment by the end of the next year," said the source.

A PLAAF source told Jane's that the service would receive a large armament suite for the aircraft. "The Su-35 will be complemented by air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as unguided rockets, guided bomb units and unguided bombs. The fighters will carry R-27 (AA-10 'Alamo'), R-73 (AA-11 'Archer'), and RVV-family [air-to-air] missiles and Kh-35E (AS-20 'Kayak') anti-ship missiles," he said.

China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed in April 2018 that the Su-35 had officially entered service with the PLAAF.


 

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