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One photo is of what is apparently the new Type 094 Jin-class SSBN at the Xiaopingdao base near Dalian, FAS reported.
The Jin-class is about 35 feet longer than the Xia-class SSBN, "primarily due to an extended mid-section of approximately 115 feet (35 meters) that houses the missile launch tubes and part of the reactor compartment," according to the report.
The extended section is to make room for the larger Julang-2 ballistic missile and may also be due to the size of the reactor.
In late 2006, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence projected China could build five Jin-class SSBNs. The estimate was not cited by the Pentagon's May 2007 annual report on China military power.
The Type 094 (NATO reporting name: Jin-class; Chinese: 晋级潜艇) is a new class of ballistic missile submarine being developed by the People's Liberation Army Navy.
The first-of-class has reportedly been under construction at Huludao Shipyard in Huludao, Liaoning Province since 1999 and was launched in July 2004.
This submarine is capable of carrying 16 of the more modern JL-2s with a range of approximately 8000 km, and is capable of targeting much of the United States, some of it from close to the Chinese coast.
The Type 094 will Incorporate a great deal of Russian technology and will replace the Type 092 submarine (Department of Defense designation: Xia class) for the People's Liberation Army.
Five more Type 094 are projected by the People's Liberation Army Navy.
The United States government has expressed concern over these subs, saying that the Chinese government has not be transparent enough about the program.