Kang Ding-class frigate

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Basic information

Type:
Country of build:
Planned:
6
Completed:
6
In service:
1996 – present (26 years)

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3,200 t
Length:
125 m
Beam:
15.4 m
Draft:
4.1 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 4 * diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21,000 hp (16,000 kW)
Speed:
25 knots
Range:
4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph), 9,000 nmi (17,000 km; 10,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)

Personnel

Complement:
80
Embarked units:
61

Combat assets

Cargo capacity:
  • 350 tonnes of fuel
  • 80 m³ of kerosene
  • 60 tonnes of potable water
Boats & landing craft:
  • 2 * ETN boats
Armor:
  • On sensitive areas (munition magazine and control centre)
Electronics:
  • 1 * CastorII fire control radar
  • 1 * DRBV-26D Jupiter-II two-dimensional air search radar
  • 1 * Poseidon Triton G search radar
  • Najir photoelectric director
  • Alose Sonar System
Armament:
  • 8 * Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missiles
  • 1 * MIM-72 Chaparral
  • 2 * Mark 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes
  • 1 * OTO Melara 76 mm
  • 2 * Bofors 40 mm L70 guns
  • 1 * Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft:
  • 1 * Sikorsky S-70C (M)

The Kang Ding-class frigate is based on the French La Fayette-class frigate design which were built by DCNS for Taiwan.

As the ROC (Taiwan)'s defensive stance is aimed towards the Taiwan Strait, the ROC Navy is constantly seeking to upgrade its anti-submarine warfare capabilities. The US$1.75 billion agreement with France in the early 1990s was an example of this procurement strategy: the six ships are configured for both anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surface attack. The Exocet was replaced by Taiwan-developed Hsiung Feng II anti-ship missile and the anti-air warfare (AAW) weapon is the Sea Chaparral. The main gun is an Oto Melara 76 mm/62 mk 75 gun, similar to its Singaporean counterparts, the Formidable-class frigates. Some problems in the integration of Taiwanese and French systems had been reported. The frigate carries a single Sikorsky S-70C(M)-1/2 ASW helicopter.

The Sea Chaparral SAM system is considered inadequate for defense against aircraft and anti-ship missiles, so the ROC (Taiwan) Navy plans to upgrade its air-defense capabilities with the indigenous TC-2N in 2020. The AMRAAM-class missiles will be quad-packed in a vertical launch system for future ROCN surface combatants, but a less-risky alternative arrangement of above-deck, fixed oblique launchers is seen as more likely for upgrading these French-built frigates.

In 2021 it was reported that Taiwan would upgrade the frigates of this class with new air defence and combat systems. The upgrades were to begin in 2022 and would follow on the modernization of the ships' decoy launching systems under a contract awarded in 2020.

The class's Mk 75 main guns have been upgraded and have an improved firing rate of 100 rounds a minute.

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