Chinese Type-09III Class Submarine


This Chinese class entered service in 2006 and has been produced in a low rate of production since then, with successive modifications. There has been a lot of speculation and guesswork as analysts have attempted to make sense of each updated version. The Type-09III (commonly written as Type-093) is China’s main nuclear-powered attack submarine. It is known to NATO as the SHANG Class. While it is not the most common submarine in the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) fleet, it is currently the most potent. It is deployed alongside the country’s ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and so likely plays a role in…

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