Algeria receives third C28A corvette


Algeria has received its third and final C28A corvette from China, which is named Ezzadjer.

The vessel was handed over to the Algerian Navy on 12 July in Shanghai, according to China’s CCTV, and arrived in Algeria on 20 August. Ezzadjer (922) made stopovers in India and Malaysia along the way, arriving in Malaysia on 25 July and spending several days in India between 2 and 5 August.

The new arrival was inspected by Deputy Minister of National Defence and Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaid Salah, on 25 August.

The Ministry of Defence said Ezzadjer’s delivery comes as Algeria strengthens and modernises its naval fleet.

The first Algerian C28A corvettes were launched in August 2014 and February 2015, although actual deliveries took place much later. Adhafer (920) arrived in Algeria in November 2015 and El Fatih (921) was commissioned on 10 March this year.

People’s Daily Online said that the corvettes have set several news records in tonnage, fire and combat capability for exported Chinese military ships, reflecting the maturation of China’s shipbuilding industry. “From all appearances, the successful construction of this latest frigate is only the beginning of China’s expanded influence in military ship trade around the world.”

Algeria’s vessels were built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation.

The corvettes are armed with a 76 mm main gun, FM-90N launcher for HQ-7 surface-to-air missiles and YJ-82/C-802 anti-ship missiles. Once in Algeria the vessels were to be fitted with Thales Smart-S Mk 2 radar and command, control, and communication systems. When the second vessel (921) was launched in February last year, it was fitted with two Type 730 series close-in weapon system (CIWS) turrets.

The C28A corvettes are around 120 metres long, 14.4 metres wide and have a draft of 3.87 metres. They displace about 2 880 tons fully loaded, and are powered by four MTU diesel engines, giving a top speed of 27 knots. They feature some stealth in their design, including the placement of the exhausts towards their waterline to reduce infrared signature. Crew complement is 120./

The corvettes may be equipped with Super Lynx helicopters.

Algeria recently took received its first of two Meko A200 frigates from Germany. Erradii (910) arrived in Algiers on 19 April and was commissioned into service. The second frigate (hull number 911, El Moudamir) was launched in December 2015 and will be delivered in 2017. The vessel has been seen sailing in Germany this month. The two vessels, with options for two more, were ordered in March 2012.