China Developing Giant Submersible BattleshipsPosted: June 3, 2017
In its article “China is developing a warship of naval theorists’ dreams” by Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer on June 2, Popular Science says that China has been developing two types of stealth and fast giant arsenal ships able to carry hundreds of guided missiles to hit land and sea targets.
According to the article, China is developing two types of such ships: one is a high-speed warship with much of its hull submerged with radar, antennae and sensors above water while the other is almost completely submerged. Both are giant warships with 20,000 ton displacement but stealth as most parts (Design 1) and all parts submerged (Design 2).
The following picture in the article shows the following designed 4 stages of an arsenal ship: submerged, partial exposure of the superstructure, raising the hull to the ‘waterline’ and as a low draft, and operating as a high-speed hydroplane.
The development of the ship was led by Professor Dong Wen Cai, the late Chinese hydrodynamics expert. The article says Prof. Dong was designing the hydroplane function of the vessel on his deathbed. It seems that he had done most of the design and wanted to complete it in his lifetime.
Note the ships are designed for surprise operation being stealthy and fast. If one of them is included in China’s aircraft carrier battle group, it will greatly enhance the group’s fire power. Supported by the large number of air defense missiles as good as S400 and China’s best anti-ship cruise missiles on an arsenal ship, a Chinese conventional aircraft carrier battle group will be rival to US best aircraft battle group.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Popular Science’ article, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.popsci.com/futuristic-chinese-warship-concept-is-making-waves?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report