As has been previously discussed, the United States has been keeping an eye on the expansion of the Chinese military and it seems to be for good reason. According to reporters, three top of the line nuclear-powered attack submarines are currently in production. The Chinese navy plans to commission these subs as soon as they are completed.
The submarines were discovered from a satellite image illustrating three ships. They were developed utilizing China’s highest degree of technology. The vessels are referred to as Type-093G. The ships are complete with a vertical launching system and are larger than their forerunners, the Type-093. The improvements in technology are supposed to increase speed and minimize the amount of noise created underwater.
In the 1970s, China introduced the first nuclear-powered submarines into their navy but have never removed them from the shipyard, except for an anniversary parade in 2009. An expert in naval warfare, Liu Jiangping, stated that the vertical launching system would allow for launching weapons further underwater; giving the submarine an upper-hand during combat. The Chinese are clearly elevating their naval forces and the United States should remain wary of the increments.