Taiwan recently unveiled its first domestically-produced missile corvette, the Tuo Chiang, and the island nation plans to produce a dozen more.
The Tuo Chiang class corvette are a class of stealthy, multi-mission, and state-of-the-art 500 ton missile corvettes planned for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy. Taiwan media has dubbed the vessel as a “Carrier Killer”. Given the ability to counter future Chinese aircraft carriers, the vessel is expected to be armed with its domestic subsonic Hsiung Feng II and supersonic Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles (ASM).
They have a maximum speed of 38 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles. It is 60.4 meters in length and 14 meters wide, carries a crew of 41 personnel, is armed with eight Hsiung Feng II sub-sonic anti-ship missiles, eight Hsiung Feng III super-sonic anti-ship missiles, a 76mm main gun and a 20mm CIWS
Taiwan’s first domestically-produced missile corvette, the 500-ton ship Tuo Chiang (Tuo River), is pictured during the vessel’s launch ceremony at the naval port at Suao in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan county on December 23, 2014. Armed with 16 missiles including eight supersonic Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) anti-ship missiles, it will boost Taiwan’s defense capabilities against its giant neighbor, which considers the island part of China’s territory awaiting to be reunited by force if necessary. (Benjamin Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
China is deploying 10,000 bullet per minute gatling guns to counter high speed missiles.
Russian media has reported that China’s latest indigenous Type 1130 close-in weapon system can fire 10,000 rounds per minute and destroy 90% of hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed four times the speed of sound.
The system, which is the third-generation of the close-in weapon system developed by China, was recently spotted being installed on a PLA Type 054A frigate.
China’s 1130 close in weapon system
Compared to its seven-barreled Type 730 predecessor, the Type 1130’s Gatling-type gun has the same 30 mm caliber but the number of barrels increased to 11. While the Type 730 has only one magazine which contains 250 rounds, the latest gun carries two magazines each containing 640 rounds. The design allows the gun to fire over 10,000 rounds per minute and raise its hit rate against missiles traveling at Mach 4 to 90%, according to the Russian media outlet cited.
Though the mammoth rotary cannon has been placed on a Type 054A frigate that only has around a 4,000-ton displacement, the Russian media claimed the system should be deployed on ships with a displacement over 12,000 tons due to its size and weight as well as the amount of electricity it consumes.
SOURCES – Wikipedia, theBlaze, WantChinaTimes
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