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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pentagon Says Chinese Sub That Can Hit U.S. to Go on Patrol Soon

Type-096 (Tang) class SSBNA new Chinese nuclear submarine designed to carry missiles that can hit the U.S. will likely deploy before year’s end, the Pentagon said, adding to Obama administration concerns over China’s muscle-flexing in Asia.

China’s navy is expected this year to conduct the first patrol of its Jin-class nuclear-powered submarine armed with JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency said in a statement.

It declined to give its level of confidence on when the new boat will be deployed or the status of the missile.

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