Type 054A class frigates carry HQ-16 surface to air  missiles in VLS for self-defense purposes. 

HQ-16 Anti Air Missiles has a range of  over 40 kilometers.
HongQi-16 (HQ-16) allow the Type 054A frigates not only defend itself but also provide airdefence cover to the other naval vessels near by.
Type 054A Jiangkai-II Frigate carries HQ-16 in a 32-cell vertical launching system (VLS) which allow high rate of fire.

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