Type 032 submarine

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Class overview
Name: Type 032
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 041 submarine
Kilo Class
In service: Under Testing as of July 2013
Building: N/A
Planned: N/A
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Class and type: submarine
Displacement: 6,628 tons submerged
Length: 92.6 m
Beam: 10 m
Height: 17.2 m
Draft: 6.85 m
Installed power: Diesel-Electric
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, 1 shaft, AIP (air-independent propulsion)
Speed: 14+ kts
Endurance: 30 days
Troops: 1 compartment for special forces
Complement: 88
Armament: 2 torpedo tubes, capable of launching 533mm Yu-6 or Yu-8 Torpedoes or larger 650 mm torpedo,
CY-1 ASuW Missiles
YJ-83 Anti Ship Missiles,
VLS for CJ-10 Land Attack Cruise Missiles (Not Confirmed)
SLBMs, SAMs

The Type 032 submarine (NATO code name Qing class) is a class of diesel-electric submarine currently undergoing testing in China's People's Liberation Army Navy. It is said to be the world's largest conventional submarine, at a submerged displacement of 6628 tons and is able to submerge for a maximum of 30 days. The Type 032 has a similar ventral "bay" to the Golf class submarine that protrudes downward.[1] Project for this double hulled submarine begun in January 2005, and construction begun at Wuhan Shipyard in 2008. The submarine was launched on September 10, 2010, and sea trials were completed in September 2012. The submarine entered service on October 12, 2012 with pennant number 201.

The submarine is a testbed for new technologies such as combustion powered torpedoes, compartments for special forces, underwater unmanned vehicles, new SLBMs, new cruise missiles, new anti ship missiles, new SAMs, and a new escape pod which are applied to the Type 095 and Type 096 submarines.[2][3] Specification:[4]

  • Length (m): 92.6
  • Beam (m): 10
  • Height (m): 17.2
  • Draft (m): 6.85
  • Surfaced displacement (t): 3797
  • Submerged displacement (t): 6628
  • Operating depth (m): 160
  • Max depth (m): 200
  • Surface speed (kt): 10
  • Submerged speed (kt): 14
  • Compliment: 88 crew + 100+ scientists/researchers
  • Endurance (day): 30 for 88 compliment, 5 for 130 compliment, and 3 for 200 compliment
  • Torpedo: two torpedo tubes (TT) in the bow, with one 650 mm TT on starboard side and one 533 mm TT on port side[5]
  • Missile: three vertical launching system (VLS) tubes for submarine launched ballistic missiles in the conning tower,[6] four VLS tubes for cruise/ASW/AShM missiles in the forward section.[7]
  • Design: double-hull

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