China Developing 096 Strategic Nuclear Sub Able to Carry 24 SLBMsPosted: January 2, 2015
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: huanqiu.com “China developing Type 096 strategic nuclear submarine able to carry 24 missiles” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese”
- 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