The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has received a new nuclear-powered submarine from the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the shipyard announced Tuesday.
The type or name of the submarine delivered is not disclosed but it could be a Type 094 Jin-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) or Type 093 Shang-class attack submarine (SSN).
The information was posted on CSIC’s WeChat account in an article reviewing its achievements since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China is scheduled to be held in Beijing from 18 October 2017.
Earlier there was speculation in the media that the submarine is Type 096 Tang class, China’s most advanced SSBN, which first appeared on China Central Television in 2013. But according to Song Zhongping, a military expert who served in the PLA Rocket Force, the Type 096 is too advanced and is not expected to be completed soon.
The strategic nuclear submarine, also called as SSBN, is capable of launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles from the sea, and can provide “a second strike” to a country in nuclear warfare.
The Type 096 will likely begin construction in the early 2020s and will reportedly be armed with the JL-3, a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM).
China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) also rebuilt China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, Liaoning. The shipyard has just launched the country’s first homegrown aircraft carrier, the Type 001A and a deep-sea-exploration submersible Jiaolong.