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Ships


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
成功 [Cheung Kung] 1101   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 2/12/1990 5/10/1991 7/5/1993 in service (2019)
鄭和 [Cheng Ho] 1103   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 3/11/1991 15/10/1992 28/3/1994 in service (2019)
繼光 [Chi Kuang] 1105   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 4/10/1992 27/9/1993 7/3/1995 in service (2019)
岳飛 [Yueh Fei] 1106   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 5/9/1993 26/8/1994 6/2/1996 in service (2019)
子儀 [Tzu I] 1107   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 7/8/1994 13/7/1995 9/1/1997 in service (2019)
班超 [Pan Chao] 1108   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 17/1/1995 4/7/1996 16/12/1997 in service (2019)
張騫 [Chang Chien] 1109   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 4/12/1996 14/5/1997 1/12/1998 in service (2019)
田單 [Tian Dan] 1110   China SB Corp., Kaohsiung 21/2/2001 17/10/2002 9/3/2004 in service (2019)


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

3100

Displacement full, t

4200

Length, m

125.9 wl 138.8 oa

Breadth, m

13.7 wl 14.3 deck

Draught, m

5.70 mean 8.60 max

No of shafts

1

Machinery

2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines

Power, h. p.

41000

Max speed, kts

29

Fuel, t

gas turbine oil 587

Endurance, nm(kts)5000(18)
Armament

2 x 4 Hsiung Feng II SSM (8 Hsiung Feng II), 1 x 1 Standard SM-1MR SAM (40 RIM-66A, can also carry and launch up to 6 RGM-84L Harpoon SSM), 1 x 1 - 76/62 OTO-Melara Compact, 2 x 1 - 40/70 Bofors 564, 1 x 6 - 20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, 2 x 3 - 324 Mk 32 TT, 1 helicopter (S-70C Thunderhawk)

Electronic equipment

1101, 1103: SPS-55, SPS-49(v)5, STIR-2.4, Mk 92 mod. 6, Mk 90 radars, DE-1160B sonar, provision for SQR-18A(v)2 sonar, Chang Feng IV ECM suite, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, 2x Kung Fen decoy RL, SYS-2 CCS

1105-1110: SPS-55, SPS-49(v)5, STIR-2.4, Mk 92 mod. 6, Mk 90 radars, DE-1160B sonar, provision for ATAS(v)2 sonar, Chang Feng IV ECM suite, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, 2x Kung Fen decoy RL, SYS-2 CCS

Complement

206



Standard scale images


<i>Cheung Kung </i>2010
Cheung Kung 2010


Graphics


<i>Tien Tan </i>2007
Tien Tan 2007


Ship project history


Design is a slightly modified version of the "long-hulled" USN Oliver Hazard Perry class. Named for Chinese maritime heroes. Construction of the first two aided by "kits" supplied by Bath Iron Works, which also provided technical assistance in constructing the others. Originally only four were to have been built to the basic design, but development of the phased-array radar and vertically launched SAM for the Batch II, updated variant lagged, and the Batch II program was canceled altogether in 1994. Funds to construct the eighth unit were provided in the 1999 budget; the ship had earlier been canceled in 1994 and was to be reordered in 1999, but the actual contract was delayed to December 2000.

Have fin stabilizers, rudder roll-control, and the Prairie/Masker acoustic sound signature reduction air-bubble generation system. The US Norden Systems SYS-2(V)2 sensor data fusion system is installed, as is the Vitro Cando off-the-shelf computerized data system, which assists the Mk 92 weapons control system. A RAST helicopter hold-down and transfer system is fitted. To be used by the Mk 13 launcher, 71 RGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles were requested from the US for this class in 2000; they may eventually replace the Hsiung Feng II launchers, which could then be mounted ashore for coastal defense and aboard patrol combatants. The class may be fitted with a Mk 49 RAM SAM launcher and RIM-116 missiles at a later date.

Modernizations


2007-2010s, Cheung Kung, Cheng Ho, Chi Kuang, Yueh Fei, Chang Chien: - 2 x 4 Hsiung Feng II SSM; + 2 x 2 Hsiung Feng III SSM (4 Hsiung Feng III), 2 x 2 Hsiung Feng II SSM (4 Hsiung Feng II)

2010s, Tzu I, Pan Chao, Tian Dan: - 2 x 4 Hsiung Feng II SSM; + 2 x 4 Hsiung Feng III SSM (8 Hsiung Feng III)

Naval service


No significant events.

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