Thursday, 25 January 2018

China Navy Commissions Four new Yuyi class landing craft, air cushion (LCAC)

A Type 726 Yuyi class landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) attached to a landing ship flotilla of the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy makes its way to the beach-head during a landing exercise at an undisclosed sea area of the South China Sea on March 21, 2017 - People's Republic of China Government

China Navy Commissions of the day: Four new Yuyi class landing craft, air cushion (LCAC)

The four's serial numbers are 3236, 3237, 3238 and 3239.  Bringing total numbers of known Yuyi class LCAL with the China Navy to ten.   Since there are two additional Type071 LPD being fitting out in Shanghai, it makes sense to increase the corresponding LCAL in due course.  

Type 726 LCAC

The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 726, also known as Yuyi, is an amphibious, air cushion, landing craft similar to the LCAC employed by the US Navy. It was developed in the 2000s by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and built by Jiangnan Shipyard. The craft can transport up to 60 tons of cargo include either Type 96 or Type 99 heavy tank on behalf of the Chinese Marine Corps. Besides, the craft can be equipped with machine guns and grenade launchers to provide some form of fire support during landing operations on enemy shores. Four Type 726 landing crafts can be carried by a single Type 071 amphibious ship. The PLAN commissioned the first Yuyi air cushion landing craft in 2010. Source:

  • Length: 30 meter
  • Beam: 16 meter
  • Displacement: 150 - 160 tons
  • Speed: > 60 kts, depending on cargo loads (80 kts reached in trials when unloaded)
  • Cargo capacity: 50 ton normal, 60 ton (max overload)
  • Armament: gun mounts for machine guns & grenade launchers

****NOTE: Transferred from as account closed

Yuzhao Class (LPD) Type 071: Details

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