China Navy Type 095 SSN Nuclear Submarine
Type 095. A.Man at Sinodefense Forum, via
The Type 095 SSN simulator has a wide variety of functions, including bridge, and periscope view (on the right), as shown by this placard at a PLAN facility.

China Navy Type 095 SSN Nuclear Submarine
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This mockup bridge is the heart of the simulator, where the crew and officers will train on the Type 095's combat systems and electronics, to get a feel of the submarine's capabilities before boarding it, as well to learn as a team on such a new system.

China Navy Type 095 SSN Nuclear Submarine 
Type 095 Spotted. lhf2828 at
The "095" number painted on the conning tower of the simulator identifies it, along with its modern electronics, as a training tool for next generation SSN.

 The Type 095 nuclear attack submarine (SSN) will be China's stealthiest nuclear submarine when it enters service sometime between 2017 and 2019. The Chinese Navy (PLAN) can't wait for their new boat; they've already built a simulator to train future Type 095 crewers. The PLAN's willingness to build a submarine simulator at this early stage suggests that not only will the Type 095 SSN be a significant improvement over its predecessor, but that its systems, such as a quieter reactor and improved sonar, are likely progressing as well.

The simulator is an indoor submarine-shaped capsule contains a mockup of a Type 095 bridge, which contains several consoles. A "095" number is helpfully painted onto the capsule conning tower. The controls and computer screens attached to the console are likely to simulate the operations of the Type 095's combat systems, sensors like its sonar and photonics mast, and ability to communicate with other assets, such as underwater robots and surface warships. The purpose of such a simulator would be to familiarize future Type 095 crews with the submarine's new combat system, to test crews' group dynamics when faced with combat and mechanical emergencies, as well as to refine the combat system using simulation feedback.

 Just as important to the Type 095 are its computer and combat systems,which will improve submarine fleet's ability to operate alongside other naval assets like the Type 055 cruiser, aircraft carriers and Y-8Q anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The Type 095's improved active and passive sensors would collect vast amounts of data which would be processed by its computer, so that the Type 095 and other assets could have more options to target and avoid enemies at greater range. Popular Science

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