China's New Sub Has 24 Long Range Nuc...

China's New Sub Has 24 Long Range Nuclear Missiles

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CHINA RISING

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Feb 12, 2013
China Unveils New Sub with 24 Long-Range Nuclear Missiles

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has launched the first unit of a new generation of nuclear ballistic-missile submarines with capabilities similar to the US Ohio-class submarines.

The new Tang-class sub is the third member of China’s nuclear-submarine force. It carries 24 JL-3 ballistic nuclear missiles with a range of over 10,000 kilometers (6,250 miles). China already has in service two Type-094 Jin class nuclear submarines that carry 12 JL-2 ballistic missiles with a range of 7,000 km (4,375 miles). Up to six Jin-class submarines had originally been planned to be built a decade ago but at least some are likely to be superseded by Tang-class submarines.

Nuclear ballistic-missile submarines cruise the oceans undetected in secretive months-long deployments. Their presence is meant to serve as a deterrent to preemptive nuclear attack by preserving a substantial second-strike capability.

The US maintains a fleet of 18 Ohio-class nuclear submarines, at least 14 of which each carry 24 Trident II nuclear missiles armed with up to 8 independently-targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) carrying 100-kiloton nuclear warheads, for a total of up to 3,456 nuclear warheads — well over half the entire US inventory of active strategic nuclear warheads. Trident II missiles have a range of 12,000 km (7,500 miles), placing every Russian or Chinese city and military base within range.

China also recently commissioned another Type-052D guided-missile destroyer to bring its fleet of guided-missile destroyers to 16. The Type-052D is deemed similar to the US Arleigh-Burke class destroyer which carries Aegis missiles for anti-aircraft warfare, anti-submarine rockets and towed sonar arrays for anti-submarine warfare, Harpoon missile launchers for anti-surface ship warfare and Tomahawk missiles for strategic land strikes. The US already has 62 Arleigh-Burke class destroyers in commission.

Another big advance to China’s naval warfare capability is the December launch of the 16th satellite to complete its Beidou satellite navigation system. China can now use its own global positioning system to aim nuclear and cruise missiles and to coordinate deployment of planes, warships, submarines and ground troops without having to rely on the US Global Position System. Its access to the US system could be denied in the event of a military conflict.

Despite its recent addition of the aircraft carrier Liaoning and other vessels, PLAN’s actual naval operational capabilities remain considerably behind those of the US, Japan and other western nations due to a lack of experience and training in conducting joint operations or to maintain air superiority over a battle zone at sea, believe military analysts.
The future is bright

Tirur, India

#2 Feb 12, 2013
Despite its recent addition of the aircraft carrier Liaoning and other vessels, PLAN’s actual naval operational capabilities remain considerably behind those of the US, Japan and other western nations due to a lack of experience and training in conducting joint operations or to maintain air superiority over a battle zone at sea, believe military analysts.
DONT WORRY

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 12, 2013
That's what they said about the Tally Ban.

rofl
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#4 Feb 12, 2013
According to the Western media ,China is three decades behind in the military. When it comes to war China is way behind. What they are strong in is politics and business.
Alph

San Jose, CA

#5 Jul 25, 2013
All that military buildup I wonder if is necessary, while all it takes is a few nuclear warhead hitting a mega city in both China and the US and it would incite a massive economic turbulence that swept around the world crippling the world economy and send the world into a depression. We are more dependent on one another than we realized. It's time to talk about cooperation and collaboration rather than destruction.
Snowflake

San Francisco, CA

#6 Jul 25, 2013
Waste of energy and money.
2 Cents

Taipei, Taiwan

#7 Jul 25, 2013
Snowflake wrote:
According to the Western media ,China is three decades behind in the military. When it comes to war China is way behind. What they are strong in is politics and business.
I agree. All the fear mongers want to do is justify our own ridiculous spending on weapons. They're doing a great job too.

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