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China building three new Type 093G2 attack nuclear submarines


A 093A nuclear submarine in Google Map photo

A 093A nuclear submarine in Google Map photo

On 16 July 2013, I revealed for the first time in my article “China Developing Super Quiet and Fast Strategic Nuclear Submarines” some information about China’s nuclear submarines based on a report in a pro-Beijing Hong Kong magazine.

The magazine said that China’s third generation of nuclear submarines had long been in service and gave the submarines the codenames of Types 095 and 096.

Those codenames are certainly not official, as so far there has not been any official news about them.

I later published at my websites quite a few articles about China’s nuclear submarines, including one on China’s success in developing its fourth-generation nuclear submarine. This was based on the speech of a Chinese provincial-level official.

However, there has never been official revelation of the codenames of China’s advanced nuclear submarines.

Recently, Taiwan’s Defence International magazine published a satellite photo of two of China’s newest nuclear submarines taken by Google map. The photo shows that by December 2014, China’s Hulu Island Shipyard had completed the construction of two Type 093G2 nuclear submarines. Yesterday, the website of Taiwan’s Defence Ministry confirmed Defence International’s report in its website.

The website says that the three new submarines are the second modified version of the Type 093 installed with a new generation of nuclear reactors that lag only a little behind the best of its US counterparts. It gives the submarine the codename 093G2, as there has been a preceding modified version that it refers to as the 093G1 with low noise that the US cannot trace.

Three submarines in Google Map photo

Three submarines in Google Map photo

The two are perhaps the the the Type 095 mentioned in the above-mentioned articles of mine that the US has so far been unable to detect.

The Type 093G2 will be even harder to detect and trace. According to Western standards, the 093G2 can be regarded as a three and half generation nuclear submarine.

The new reactor will be more powerful to enhance the submarine’s manoeuvrability.

The great new development in the 093G2 is its vertical launch system (VSL). From the Google map photo, only three units of VSL can be seen behind the sail hull of the submarine.

There may be 12 to 24 VSL tubes for launching YJ-18 anti-ship missiles and anti-ground cruise missiles.

Coordinated with other cruise missiles from aircraft and warships, the YJ-18s can be launched simultaneously for saturation attack on an aircraft carrier.

The installation of VSL makes the submarine a multifunctional one with anti-submarine, anti-ship and ground attack capabilities.

Source: Website of Taiwanese Defence Ministry “Taiwanese Defence Ministry confirms media report on PLA’s new type of nuclear submarines” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 

 

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About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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