Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues

Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues 17 June, 2020

Nuclear submarines can carry nuclear power undetected to hostile borders thanks to their greatest weapon; being stealth. This provides an opportunity to attack the enemy without giving reaction time.

China, whose nuclear submarine studies dates back to the 1960s, continues to invest in these platforms. It was announced that two new Type 094A (Jin) class submarines were put into service as part of the 71st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). According to the news of the Chinese media, which based on Chinese military authorities, the number of Type 094 in the PLAN inventory has reached six.

Type 094As have more advanced components such as radar, sonar and torpedo than their predecessor Type 094s. Full displacement of platforms carrying 12 JL-2 SLBMs (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) 9,000 tons. The 137-meter long submarines can operate without operational range restriction, thanks to its two nuclear reactors.

The JL-2 can carry three to eight MIRV (Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles). The missile can be equipped with 1 megaton in a single warhead or; 20, 90 or 150 kiloton nuclear warheads depending on the number of MIRVs. The system can reach 8 or 9,000 kilometres range. Propelled by a solid-fuel rocket motor, the JL-2 has a three-stage structure.

Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues

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