Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) commissioned its seventh Dongdiao class (Type 815A) auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) spy ship.
All the ships of the improved Dongdiao class – as well as the original Type 815 – have been built at Hudong-Zhonghua, and it is anticipated that more will be constructed.
The Dongdiao-class vessels displace 6,000 tons and have a top speed of around 20 knots. The ship is armed with two sets of primary guns — one 37 mm cannon and two 25 mm cannons.
According to IHS Janes, the appearance of the fifth Type 815A hull differs from that of the previous ships of the class due to the installation of a cylindrical ‘Top Hat’ radome on the bridge roof.
Satellite imagery suggests that hull six is configured similarly. No antenna or radome has yet been installed on top of the bridge of the most recently launched ship.