Type 096 submarine
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|Operators:||People's Liberation Army Navy|
|Preceded by:||Type 094 (Jin class)|
|Armament:||Unknown number and type torpedo tubes (bow); missiles - 24 × JL-3(?) SLBMs.|
The Type 096 (Tang class) submarine is a SSBN 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.
- Skypek, Thomas M. (1 October 2010). "China’s Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent in 2020: Four Alternative Futures for China’s SSBN Fleet" (PDF). A Collection of Papers from the 2010 Nuclear Scholars Initiative. Center for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
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