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Fair enough Harlequin, it is indeed a major step for any country to undertake nuke boat construction, hell just buying them from a manufacturing nation and operating them is an impressive feat in itself. However I tend to agree with Brother Stormhammer's assesment that a Seawolf or Virginia or even any of the advanced conventional boats like the Collins class will probably kill it easily. It's not just the crew traing as Stormhammer noted that will be their problem. Unless they can really lower machinery noise they wont survive. In particular is the age old nuke boat bug bear of noisy reactor coolant pumps. If the Chinese yards have been able to buy or steal enough technology from the Russians, or just plain steal it from the west then they may have a chance, if not then they are at least on a manufacturing learning curve. In addition there will be the question of yard quality. Its one thing to have the design, it's another to be able to build it. Lets hope they dont sub contract to the companies that make toys for Mattel.
Originally posted by Harlequinso china are building modern nuke boats - and before i get all the `seawolf will eat it for breakfast` etc etc comments - think for a moment what building a nuke boat actually entales and the technology required for them - this is a large step forward for the PLAF