Type 096 submarine

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Type-96 Tang-class
Class overview
Name: Type 096
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 094 (Jin class)
General characteristics
Type: SSBN
Propulsion: Nuclear reactor
Armament: Unknown number and type torpedo tubes (bow); missiles - 24 × JL-3(?) SLBMs.

The Type 096 (Tang class, Chinese designation: 09-VI) 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.[1] According to analysts, it could also feature a hull similar to Western SSBNs.[2] U.S. defense officials have stated that it might begin its first sea patrol in 2014.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b "Chinese Navy (PLAN) new Type 096 SSBN may start Strategic Patrol as early as next year". Navyrecognition.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014.