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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Essay: Inside the Design of China’s Yuan-class Submarine

Type 039A/B (Yuan) class SSKChina’s evolving submarine force is a topic worthy of sober examination and debate. However, for the discussion to be useful in informing both national policy-makers and citizenry alike, the content must be based on accurate data and sound analysis.

Unfortunately, both are often found wanting when it comes to English-language reporting on the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

A recent USNI News essay, continues this trend. In the essay, Henry Holst, argues that the Type 039A/B Yuan-class submarine was “designed primarily as an anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) platform capable of hiding submerged for long periods of time in difficult to access shallow littorals.”

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