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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Chinese Boomers

Recently, some pictures of two new Chinese Jin-class SSBNs showed up on Google Earth; now, we have a low-angle shot showing the sails of both, with the 12 missile tube hatches open on the near submarine:

Personally, I'm not surprised the Chinese Navy didn't take a lot of effort to hide these ships; after all, a deterrent only works if people know you have something to deter them with. Some more discussion on the "public unveiling" of these ships can be found here and here.

As I've said previously, I'm not that worried about the near-term threat from China. The Chinese leadership is nothing if not survivors, and they know the best way for them not to survive is to risk nuclear war with the United States. Still, the existence of these boats serves the purpose of giving us another reason to maintain undersea superiority -- in both the tactical and strategic senses -- over the rest of the world. As long as we stay a couple of generations ahead of the Chinese in quieting technology, these two boats will just be Navy Crosses waiting to happen if push ever does come to shove.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"IT" just looks like a really noisy target; does it also have curb feelers? What about dingle-balls? Both are always good for a few db.

10/16/2007 7:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wonderin' here

Why do they have deck 'extensions' for the missile tubes?
1. Are the missiles too tall for the boat?
2. Perhaps the boat can't launch while submerged?
3. Maybe they have giant springs in the tubes to get the missiles airborne before ignition?

10/18/2007 11:20 AM

Blogger Cookie..... said...

Like anonymous said..."Looks noisy"...but from what I've been reading about some of their boats, we shouldn't underestimate them....

10/19/2007 12:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also wondering about something:

Wouldn't the 45 degree upslope from the front of the sail to the missile deck act like 45 degree down angles on the fairwater planes? It seems that the planesman would have to keep a constant up angle on the fairwater planes just to counter the downward force of the topside angle.


10/19/2007 3:48 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Design wise, the large turtle deck on these subs is nothing new - lots of the Soviet-era boomers (including the Delta IVs, which are still around) have an enormous housing for their missiles.

10/22/2007 2:48 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

nukes sit in silos if you havent noticed...its rather childish to resolve things with nukes

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