According to foreign media reports, in the last 5 quarters (20 months) China launched the missile corvettes 15 (as well as systematize missile frigates — approx. «VP») Type 056, are under construction 6 more ships of this type of report now mil. news.sina.com.cn. And this despite the fact that the country is building nuclear submarines and mundane, destroyers Type 052S, a total of more than 30 difficulties warships. By the number of warships under construction, China ranks first in the world, yielding to their total tonnage U.S. only.
Stealth frigates Type 056 are state development, equipped different missile and information systems, possess good speed, low cost, simplicity of operation. Ships in the main created to patrol the Chinese fishing zones. According to others, launched on 16 ships, six under construction, 6 entered service 3 PLA Navy fleets. By the end of the year the number of frigates have been commissioned to reach 12.
In the 9th issue of the Canadian magazine Chinese Defense Review states that this type of construction of corvettes being least 3 years, they will change the series obsolete frigates Type 053. The article says that the design of the ships should be improved to offer for export. These coastal corvettes do not possess impressive features, but entertaining the fact that they are built with the highest such rate. Corvettes and began to build a shipyard in Wuhan, which is a testament to how the Chinese shipbuilding industry is in rather short time can mobilize for the accelerated construction of warships.