Wednesday, January 7, 2015

China's growing navy armada

Found this from Want China Times this morning:

China will invest heavily in fielding advanced nuclear-powered attack and ballistic missile submarines during the next six years.
China's military has at least three operational Type-094 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, with each being capable of carrying 12 JL-2 missiles that have a range of 8,000 kilometers, says an article published last week by the Russian Military Observer.
By 2020, the Chinese military is projected to field at least four Type-094s and two next-generation Type-096 submarines, carrying around 80 sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and 250 to 300 nuclear-armed missiles, the report stated.
China is also working to build more warship destroyers in 2015, the Want China Times reported, citing Fujian-based Quanzhou Evening News. A massive number of Type 052 destroyers, China will particularly build a Type 052C ship and seven more Type 052D ships. The Type 052C, a guided-missile destroyer, resembles the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
China launched on Dec 22 the Jinan, one of six Type 052C destroyers meant to accompany the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier. Apart from the Type 052C, China also has five other Type 052D destroyers, according to the PLA Navy.
Known as the "Chinese Aegis," these destroyers are equipped with an "active electronically scanned array multi-function phased array radar system," Want China Times said.

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