PLAN vs. USN FAC SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON
By Jeff Head - Last Update: January 25, 2013








This page provides a comparison between Fast/Littoral Attack Craft of the People's Republic of China Navy and those of the US Navy. Currently the Chinese are rapidly increasing the numbers of their modern FAC vessels while the US Navy is building the first of a new class of LCS.
OFFSHORE PATROL & FAC - PLAN LITTORAL COMBAT SHIP - USN
Type 056 OPV
Qty: 10 (Many more building)
Displacement: 1300 tons
Crew: 15
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: 0
Armament:
4 - LR ASM
1 - 76mm DP Gun
2 - 25mm Auto cannon
6 - Torpedo launchers (2x3) 1 - FL-300N AAW (8 Missiles)


LCS (Freedom/Independence)
Qty: 4 (more building - 2 types)

LCS Class: Freedom
Length: 380 ft
Beam: 57 ft
Draft: 12 ft
Displacement: 3,100 tons
Speed: 47 knots
Crew: 40+75

LCS Class: Independence
Length: 418 ft
Beam: 104 ft
Draft: 14 ft
Displacement: 2,800 tons
Speed: 44 knots
Crew: 35+40

Airwing Both: 2 MH-60 & 1 MQ-8 VTUAVs
Armament Both:
- 1 x RAM launcher, 21 missiles (Freedom)
- 1 x SEARAM launcher, 11 missiles (Independence)
- 60 (up to) surface to surface missiles (AsuW Pack)
- 1 Mk 110 57 mm gun (Both)
- 2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns (Both)
- Mission Pacs
ASW, AAW, AsuW, Anti-Mine
Propulsion Both:
- 2 Rolls-Royce MT30 36MW Gas Turbines
- 2 Colt Diesels
- 4 Rolls-Royce waterjets
- 2 shafts
Ships in class: 4 complete, 4 building, 24 planned






TYPE 022 (Houbei)
Qty: 100+ est.
Displacement: 225 tons
Crew: 15
Speed: 36+ knots
Aircraft: 0
Armament:
8 - LR ASM
1 - 30mm CIWS





TYPE 037-II (Houjian)
Qty: 6
Displacement: 520 t
Crew: 75
Speed: 35 knots
Aircraft: 0
Armament:
6 - LR ASM
1 - 76 mm
2 - dual 30mm

TYPE 037IG (Houxin)
Qty: 24
Displacement: 478 t
Crew: 60
Speed: 35 knots
Aircraft: 0
Armament:
4 - LR ASM
2 - dual 76 mm
2 - 14.5 mm

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