China-Built C28A Corvette Conducts Test Launch of Anti-Ship Missile
(Source: People's Daily Online; posted April 06, 2016)
A China-built C28A corvette intended for Algeria conducts a test launch of an anti-ship missile. Algeria has ordered three such ships, and one has already been delivered. (Photo: xhpfm.mobile)
A C28A class corvette conducted a test launch of anti-ship missiles recently.

The ship, with 3,000-ton displacement, is a Chinese-built new generation of warship exported to Algeria. It is part of a three-vessel order signed with China Shipbuilding Trading Co. in 2012 for corvettes, to be outfitted with Chinese and Western systems.

The vessel began to be built by Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai in March 2013. C28 stands for 2,800 tons of corvette and the letter A is the initial letter of Algeria.

On Aug. 14, 2015, the first ship of the 3,000-ton corvette which was designed and built by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation started sea trails, which represents the project achieved initial results.

The vessels' weapons include eight C-802 anti-ship missiles, a FM-90N launcher for short-range HQ-7 surface-to-air missiles, an H/PJ-26 76-millimeter main gun, two sets of Type 730 CIWS and two triple-tube 324-millimeter torpedo launchers.

On Sept. 22, 2015, the Algerian Navy commissioned first C28A corvette.

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