Iirc it has already been seen mounted in 4x4 configuration before on other ships (I may be wrong so feel free to correct), which wouldn’t indicate weight isn’t an issue.That's the advertised range.
I wouldn't think it would be that easy. The system's weight and other factors maybe there also.
But wasn't there an option for 2 more Type054's ?
HQ-16A is too big to be quad packed, it’s an old missile. China is working on its replacement, HQ-16C.
Replacing the VLS system entirely (which will require design and testing work as the VLS system isn’t meant for These frigates) and then buying new missiles for it will be a very costly endeavor, which imo will kind of ruin the point of these ships; they’re meant to be lower cost acquisitions when compared to the Babur and Jinnah class.
The thinking here is, if China does such a thing first, then we can just ask them to put the system in our ships too, instead of asking them to do it for our ships first, in which were bearing extra cost, and that’s before considering wether this is even possible with the 054A design, in which case I’m not the best judge because I don’t know dimensions and such for most of these systems, someone else can answer that better.
No body is talking about HQ-9. I am talking about quad pack Vls for Hq-16 missiles or any other SAM.
The HT-1E was loaded with missiles including the CM-103 long-range supersonic cruise missile, HHQ-9E long-range air defense missile, CM-802B subsonic missile, and FM-3000N air defense missile at the CASIC exhibition hall at the air show. While bigger missiles such as the CM-103 and HHQ-9E require their own vertical launch cell, the same cell may hold up to four smaller missiles such as the FM-3000N.
China Unveils a New Ship-based Vertical Launch System (VLS) with a Quad-pack Cell - Naval Post- Naval News and InformationChina unveiled its first type of made-for-export ship-borne vertical launch system at the ongoing Airshow China 2021. The VLS' quad-pack launch cells can load up to four missiles instead of just one, which is one of its most important features.navalpost.com
MANILA PHILIPPINES The lead ship of the Tughril class of guided missile & air defence frigates of the #Pakistan Navy , PNS Tughril arrived in the #Philippines on a two-day port of call and goodwill visit.
PNS Tughril’s captain and crew were received by Dty Asst Chief of Naval Staff of the Philippines Navy, Captain Emilo G Orio Jr. View attachment 796061 View attachment 796060
Great induction of first vls ship in PN
These missiles are monsters. I would suspect that this missile is a large part of the reason for getting these ships. The induction of these missiles complicates IN wartime operations.
Yeah. Just look at Harbah. I am pretty sure we will see the same with YJ-12 (or HD-1A) being inducted as SMASH, CM401 being inducted as P282.If fitted from the start as a Chinese system it has to be MTCR compliant. If manufactured as a sub-variant under license no such restrictions exist.