Huludao Shipyard has completed construction of three nuclear-powered attack submarines 093G
A leaked photo of the PLA Navy's Type 093G nuclear submarine. (Internet photo)
|Builders:||China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation Bohai Shipyard, Huludao|
|Operators:||People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force|
|Preceded by:||Type 091|
|Succeeded by:||Type 095|
|Building:||4 as of January 2014|
|Active:||2 as of June 2014|
|Displacement:||6,000 - 7,000 tonnes submerged|
|Propulsion:||Pressurized water nuclear reactor|
|Armament:||6 torpedo tubes|
VLS for cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles
Citing Taiwan's Defence Interntional magazine wantchinatimes, the report said the manufacturing of two Type 093G nuclear subs — upgraded versions of the Type 093 — were completed by the Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co in December, with another resting in a dry dock.
The primary difference between Type 093G subs and Type 093 subs is that the former added a vertical launcher capable of firing cruise missiles and the YJ-18 anti-ship missil, the report said.
Based on available photos, the Type 093G also has a traditional teardrop shape similar to foreign modern nuclear subs, with a wing-shaped cross-section designed to improve speed and mobility as well as reduce noise. Together with the ability to equip YJ-18 missiles.
.Taking cost and price into consideration, Sina Military believes the YJ-18 is powered by a turbojet engine as well as a solid-fuel rocket similar to that used by Russia's 3M-54E missile, guaranteeing warhead acceleration to at least 2.9 Mach.
In addition to being an anti-ship missile, the YJ-18 serializes and universalizes the PLA Navy's missile systems through its compatibility with vertical launchers, laying a solid foundation for building surface warships with greater stealth capabilities.
Foreign media estimates that the PLA Navy curently has 3-4 strategic nuclear subs, 5-6 attack nuclear subs and 2-3 Han-class nuclear subs in service.
The addition of the Type 093G sub, which has a missile attack range of 300km, means it can provide strong support in taking on enemy aircraft carriers along with long-range bombers and surface warships. The Type 093 sub can also use long-range missiles to attack targets on foreign soil, laying a solid foundation for the development of the next-gen Type 095 sub.