Algerian Navy commissions second Chinese corvette


The Algerian Navy commissioned its second C28A corvette (El Fatih) into service on 10 March.

The ceremony was attended by Ahmed Gaid Salah, Deputy Minister of National Defense and Chief of Staff of the Algerian People’s National Army, along with other senior officials, reports People’s Daily Online.

The first vessel, built by China’s Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, arrived in Algeria in November last year.

Algeria signed a contract for the three C28A corvettes in March 2012. The first vessel (Adhafer, 920) was launched on 16 August 16 2014 and the second corvette (921) was launched in February 2015. Delivery of the third is scheduled for 2017.

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 will be fitted with Thales Smart-S Mk 2 radar and command, control, and communication systems. When the second vessel (921) was launched in February, 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 MTU diesel engines. They feature some stealth in their design, including the placement of the exhausts towards their waterline to reduce infrared signature.

The corvettes may be equipped with Super Lynx helicopters.

Last month the Algerian Navy commissioned the first of two Meko frigates at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Germany, and will take delivery of the vessel in the coming months. The first frigate was named Harrad (Deterrent). The second frigate was launched in December 2015 and will be delivered in 2017. The two vessels, with options for more, were ordered in March 2012.

Two Tigr corvettes are scheduled for delivery from Russia in 2017, while two Project-636E/Kilo submarines will be delivered to the Algerian Navy in 2018.