Tuesday, June 28, 2016
China Wants To Match The U.S. In Nuclear Attack Submarines
Dave Majumdar, National Interest: Why the US Navy Should Fear China's New 093B Nuclear Attack Submarine
Is China’s new Type 093B nuclear-powered attack submarine on par with the U.S. Navy’s Improved Los Angeles-class boats?
At least some U.S. naval analysts believe so and contend that the introduction of the new People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarines is an indication of just how quickly Beijing is catching up to the West.
“The 93B is not to be confused with the 93. It is a transition platform between the 93 and the forthcoming 95,” said Jerry Hendrix, director of the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program at the Center for a New American Security—who is also a former U.S. Navy Captain. “It is quieter and it has a new assortment of weapons to include cruise missiles and a vertical launch capability. The 93B is analogous to our LA improved in quietness and their appearance demonstrates that China is learning quickly about how to build a modern fast attack boat.”
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WNU Editor: The Chinese are determined to shift the balance of naval power in the Pacific .... and if these reports are true, it is a good start for them to actually accomplish that.