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Two advanced Chinese corvette class warships for Bangladesh

China has handed over two most advanced corvette class warships with ability to sail at a maximum speed of 25.5 knots on the high seas besides versatile combat capacity and excellent manoeuvrability to the Bangladesh Navy, state media here reported on Saturday.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) delivered the two vessels to the Bangladesh Navy in Qidong City, east China’s Jiangsu Province.

Displacement of 1300 tonnes

With a displacement of 1300 tonnes, the 90-metre-long and 11-metre wide corvettes are of China’s most advanced export warship type, state-run People’s Daily has reported.

Corvette class ships are larger than a patrol craft but smaller than a frigate.

“The two vessels will be the key warships of the Bangladesh Navy,” Zhu Xuejun, chief engineer of the CSIC, said.

Excellent manoeuvrability

“Decked out with powerful weapons, the vessels are able to sail at a max speed of 25.5 knots on the high seas. They have comprehensive combat capacity and excellent manoeuvrability,” Mr. Zhu said.

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