Type 096 submarine
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|Operators:||People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force|
|Preceded by:||Type 094 (Jin class)|
|Succeeded by:||Type 098 submarine|
|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 being developed for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force. Official specifications are unknown. The Type 096 may carry 24 SLBMs, double the number carried by its predecessor, the Type 094. According to analysts, it could also feature a hull similar to Western SSBNs. As of January 2017, the Type 096 has yet to enter service.
- 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.
- "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.
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