China Developing 096 Strategic Nuclear Sub Able to Carry 24 SLBMs

China test launch of SLBM

China test launch of SLBM

Russian Military Observation website published an article titled “China’s Nuclear Potential” on December 30, 2014. It says that China is upgrading and improving its strategic bombers, but H-6K, the upgraded version of H-6 bomber imported from Russia has a range of 3,000km only and does not constitute nuclear deterrence against the US.

China has tried without success to import the technology of Russian TU-22M3 bomber.

However, China is vigorously developing its strategic nuclear submarine fleet. Its first Jin-class nuclear submarine was commissioned in 2004 while its sixth such submarine was launched in March 2010.

China is developing Type 096 Tang-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine that is armed with 24 submarine-launched ICBMs (SLBMs) with a range of 11,000 km enough to attack anywhere in the United States.

By 2020, Chinese navy will have at least 6 094 and 096 ballistic missile nuclear submarines armed with 80 SLBMs in all. They can carry 250-300 nuclear warheads.

Source: “China developing Type 096 strategic nuclear submarine able to carry 24 missiles” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese”

Related posts:

  • China Completes Deployment of Six 096 Nuclear Submarines with JL-3 SLBMs dated March 30, 2014
  • China Successful Test of JL-3 nuclear SLBM Able to Hit Anywhere in the US dated February 19, 2014
  • China Test Launches in a Row of New Types of ICBM and SLBM within 10 Days dated December 24, 2013

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