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Surface Forces: Little Catamaran With Big Teeth
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August 8, 2009: China is apparently happy with its new catamaran Type 022 " Houbei" missile boats. They have built 40 so far, and production continues. The 220 ton, 132 foot (42.6 meter) boats have a top speed of 65 kilometers an hour and a crew of twelve.

These boats are heavily armed, with a six barrel, 30mm autocannon for anti-missile defense, a battery of twelve QW-1 short range (5, Russian SAM-7 type) anti-aircraft missiles, and eight two ton Hongniao land attack cruise missiles (based on the Russian Kh-55, with a range of about 1,500 kilometers). More often, the cruise missiles are replaced with eight .7 ton C-802 anti-ship missiles (189 kilometers range).

The 022s require other ships or aircraft to provide targeting data for the anti-ship missiles, while the cruise missiles can be programmed with coordinates, and guided by GPS (or similar satellite system).   The endurance of these ships is short, normally not more than a few days. The 022s are meant for coastal defense, or offensive operations against nearby objectives, like Taiwan.

 

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gf0012-aust       8/8/2009 5:37:22 AM
considering that they stole the original IP from an australian company - well of course they're happy.

welcome to a country managed by kleptomaniacs.. 
 
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Herald12345    Uts just about at the level of their expertise.    8/8/2009 6:31:56 AM

considering that they stole the original IP from an australian company - well of course they're happy.




welcome to a country managed by kleptomaniacs.. 

Funny about that configuration though. Soinds almost as if they wwere more interested in hit and run coastal commerce raiding mission than any sensible patrol boat weapon loadout. 
 
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Nanheyangrouchuan       8/8/2009 8:12:07 PM




considering that they stole the original IP from an australian company - well of course they're happy.










welcome to a country managed by kleptomaniacs.. 




Funny about that configuration though. Soinds almost as if they wwere more interested in hit and run coastal commerce raiding mission than any sensible patrol boat weapon loadout. 


Like blockading Vietnam and intercepting cigar boats.
 
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trenchsol       8/8/2009 9:52:45 PM
Isn't all that hardware too much for such a small boat ? Yes, it is a variant of catamaran, more stable, but...
 
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