reply to post by antar
I don't think so, because most of what China learned about building submarines, they learned from the Soviets. All the early Chinese subs were
Soviet built, or license built on Soviet subs. I think the only improvements have been going from Russia to China, based on the improvements that
Russia is making.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that Russian or Chinese boats are crap, just that they're playing catch up to where the US boats have been for a
long time. I've known people on LA class boats that the first they knew an Akula was trailing them was when they got hit with sonar. The sub guys
were livid when Japan sold the tech to the Soviets to make the improvements to their screw designs.
As for this boat being 200 miles out, that's well into international waters, so there was no legal violations or anything of the sort. It's like
when their bombers fly towards the US. They enter the edge of the ADIZ, our fighters intercept them, and they wave and take pictures. If there was a
way to do that here, that's what would happen.
During the Cold War, now that's when things got really hairy. There was a Swiss aircraft recently recovered from the Cold War that was shot down by
a Soviet MiG (a DC-3 I believe). A number of US aircraft were shot up, or show down playing the game of approaching as close as they could to Soviet
airspace. And we all know about KAL 007.
There are some really interesting stories out there about the Soviet Golf II that sank off Hawaii, and the Thresher and Scorpion that will probably
never be verified, but are scary as hell.