China increases the nuclear potential of its fleet by new submarines
BEIJING, (BM) – Two new upgraded nuclear strategic submarines have been launched in China for the 71st anniversary of the Navy, the South China Morning Post reported on April 30, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
They [submarines] are an upgraded version of the 094 or Jin class boats and will strengthen the Navy’s submarine combat power of the People’s Liberation Army, two military sources told the newspaper.
According to them, “technological modernization has touched radars, sonar and torpedo installations”
China planned to build six 094 submarines, the newspaper notes, and four of them were presented at a naval parade to mark the Navy’s 70th anniversary in Qingdao last April.
Now two new atomic ships have been added to them. The next generation of strategic nuclear submarines, Type 096, is under development.
If the 094 is capable of carrying 16 JL-2 ballistic missiles that have a flight range of about 7000 km, the new model will be equipped with 24 JL-3 rockets with an estimated flight range of more than 10,000 km. The SCMP notes that, according to the Pentagon’s latest report on China’s armed forces, the United States and Europe will fall within their reach.
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