Chinese PLAN Latest Type 041Class Yuan Diesel-Electric Submarines SSK

Although not nearly as "shocking" as the recent photo release of the PLAAF's J-20 stealth fighter, the first definitive photos of the latest Type 041 (NATO designation: Yuan) class diesel-powered submarines (SSK) nevertheless shed light on another critical asset of the PLA's modernization efforts.

While the exact new features of these 2 SSKs remain predictably shrouded in secrecy, some PLA enthusiasts have speculated that the new SSKs will include new sonar and surveillance systems, some have even speculated that the newest models will be capable of vertically launching cruise missiles from their lengthened sails - the most noticeable new feature of the latest 2 Yuan Class SSKs being constructed in Wuhan. It is also widely believed that the Yuan Class SSKs include air-independent propulsion systems on board (as subtly implied by a PLA Daily article dated 23 Oct 2009), allowing for quieter patrols of longer endurance.

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4 Responses to Chinese PLAN Latest Type 041Class Yuan Diesel-Electric Submarines SSK

  1. Before inventing deadly weapon to kill people, China should invent something better to serve mankind for peaceful purpose. China should learn from Japan.

  2. Learn from Japan? lol

    I see you are trying to be funny.

  3. Learning peace from Japan is like learning abstinence from a serial rapist.

  4. Chinese communists are so dumb that they can't learn from anybody.


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