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Thursday, May 07, 2015

China's nuclear submarine fleet vulnerable due to idleness: report

Type 094 (Jin) class SSBNNuclear-powered submarines in China's navy are vulnerable to precision missile attacks because of the significant amount of time they spend at their bases, according to an article in the May edition of the Chinese-language Kanwa Defense Review (漢和防務評論).

The report by the Toronto-based publication said the Chinese navy's three main nuclear-powered submarines, the 11,500 tonne Type 094 with ballistic missile launching capabilities, and the 5,500 tonne Type 091 and 7,000 tonne Type 93 spent much of 2014 at their bases.

China's most advanced Type 094 submarines were not ordered to maintain combat readiness and remained largely inactive.

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