|Type 093 nuclear submarine|
In the 1960s, China made G-class submarine no. 200 with relatively large saile hull. It originally carried 3 missiles but later reduced to two. For a long time, the submarine was used for submarine launch of missiles. According to Major Colonel Peng Tianhua’s analysis, there are some advantages in the design of G-class submarine. It is a conventional submarine very quiet and better concealed. The working environment for its crew is better than a nuclear submarine.
According to media reports, China has already mastered AIP technology so that its submarines can sail far away quietly. Judging by the size of its missiles show in China’s National Day parade, its missiles are small enough to be carried by a G-class submarine. If China produces submarines similar to G-class one that are able to carry three missiles with a range of 1,000 nautical mile. Their combat capabilities are quite great even if a missile has only a single warhead. Another advantage of such a submarine is that its technology is quite mature so that it can be exported to other countries such as Pakistan.
US military has failed to get data about China’s Type 093 submarine.
According to Pentagon, the submarine uses pressurized water reactor. It was not until recently that the US learnt that China is leader in the technology of high-temperature gas-cooled reactor. It concludes that the comprehensive capabilities of 093 submarine is enough to counter the improved version of Los Angelis-class submarine while its noise level and attack capabilities are close to US Seawolf- and Virginia-class submarines.
What is most shocking to the US is that Type 093 surpasses US nuclear submarines in its high speed and depth of submergence.
Source: qianzhan.com “China’s nuclear submarines unique trumps in the world, scare US military” (summary by Chan Kai Yee)
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