Type 096 submarine

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Type-96 Tang-class
Class overview
Name: Type 096
Operators: People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force
Preceded by: Type 094 (Jin class)
Succeeded by: Type 098 submarine
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 Submarine Force. 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[dubious ].[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.