Unknown number and type torpedo tubes (bow); missiles - 24 × JL-3(?) SLBMs.
The Type 096 (Tang class) submarine is a SSBN rumored to be in development for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The Type 096 may carry 24 SLBMs, compared to the 12 of the previous Type 094 SSBN. According to analysts, it could also feature a hull similar to Western SSBNs. U.S. defense officials have stated that it might begin its first sea patrol in 2014.