Type 095 submarine

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Class overview
Name: Type 095
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 093
Succeeded by: Type 097 Qin class[citation needed]
In service: launch in 2010, active service in 2015 (est.)[1][2]
Planned: at least 12
Completed: 1-2
General characteristics
Type: Attack submarine
Installed power: Nuclear reactor
Speed: >30 knots
Range: Unlimited
Armament: Torpedoes, cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine missiles, mines

The Type 095 (Chinese designation: 09-V) is a proposed class of third generation nuclear-powered attack submarines for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of the People's Republic of China. Two were rumored to be launched by the end of 2010 and they started their sea trials around the summer of 2011.

It is anticipated that Type 095 submarines will have a substantially reduced acoustic signature, within an improved hull type.[3][4][5] Compared to the Type 093, the Type 095 will have a more advanced nuclear reactor, VLS tubes and greater number of advanced sensors such as new active/passive flank array sonar and low and high frequency towed sonar array. Additionally, it is also speculated that Type 095 submarines may act as a potential undersea escort for any future PLAN aircraft carrier task forces.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "People's Liberation Army Navy: A Modern Navy with Chinese Characteristics" (PFD). Washington, DC: ONI. October 2009. pp. 22–23. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  2. ^ O'Rourke, Ronald (October 1, 2010). "China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress" (PDF). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service. pp. 16n40, 17 19f. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  3. ^ a b Chen, Ta-chen (6 December 2006). "Chinese fast developing advanced submarines". Taipei Times: 8. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ Warship 2007, p.167
  5. ^ "China's Quest for a Superpower Military". Backgrounder #2036. The Heritage Foundation. May 17, 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

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