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Originally posted by WestPoint23
Wow impressive looking sub its white square with a red X in it very impressive.
Anyway maybe someone can explain this to me but why do the Chinese come out with a new class of ships every like 2-3 years?
Type 093/09 III is the new generation of SSN to replace the old Type 091 in the first decade of 21st century. Its main mission was speculated to hold against American CVBGs in the west Pacific. This sub has been under development for more than 10 years but encoutered certain technological bottlenecks in the early 90s particularly in the area of noise reduction measures and the new high temperature high efficiency nuclear powerplant. It was reported Russian assistance was sought to resolve those critical issues in the late 90s. As the result, Type 093 appears to show certain Russian influences such as a double hull design. It also features new bow and hull mounted sonars. Its noise level is further reduced by a new asymmetrical seven-blade skewed propeller and anechoic tiles. The displacement of Type 093 was estimated to be 6,000-7,000t dived. It is expected to be able to fire advanced wire-guided torpedos and launch anti-ship cruise missiles. Its overall combat capability was thought to be comparable to Russian Victor III class in the late 70s, but still representing a significant technological achievement when compared with its predecessor. The inital batch of 2 have been built. The first boat was launched between 2000-01 and has been undergoing sea trial since late 2002. A total number of 6-8 093 SSNs are projected.