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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

PLA's Type 094 sub upgrade allows greater missile capacity

Type 094 (Jin) class SSBNChina has begun upgrading its Type 094 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, according to the military news website of the country's nationalistic tabloid Global Times, citing a Russian media report.

China had originally planned to build five or six of the submarines. US intelligence suggests that in the end they built five.

The submarines have a submerged displacement of 11,000 tonnes and should be capable of carrying 12-16 ballistic missiles, according to the report. The original design allowed for 12 missiles, but a few years ago an image of a Type 094 submarine carrying 16 missiles appeared, which suggests that experts have been working on an upgrade to the submarine.

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