I said latest chinese frigates have better Air Defence (AD) which they do due to the newer illuminators. Maybe if i said 'better AD capability' it would be clearer. But at the end it's better Air Defence.He is correct, and I said the same exact same thing just a few posts back. Said better AD is the Navalized HQ9 system Present on Chinese Destroyers as well as HQ-10 Short range SAMS (only present on Type 55). These are not present on Chinese frigates either, they use the same HQ-16 as ours will, however the most recent Chinese 054A frigate has been seen with new illuminators, it’s still using the same old HQ-16 system.
I mean getting what chinese frigates have, i.e. new illuminators with as you said 'same old HQ-16'. As that is what causes the limitation in engaging smaller no. of targets which is a bigger issue than range. As for missiles and range etc. sure we need better in that area also but you yourself said it's not available yet.I’m not sure what the second part of your post means. Upgrading just the sensors and not the missiles?