China to beef up nuclear submarine fleet by 2020: report

China will invest heavily in fielding advanced nuclear-powered attack and ballistic missile submarines during the next six years, according to a Russian report on China’s nuclear potential.

In an article published last week by the Russian Military Observer, the media outlet said China’s military has at least three operational Type-094 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, with each being capable of carrying 12 JL-2 missiles that have a range of 8,000 kilometers.

By 2020, the People’s Liberation Army is projected to field at least four Type-094s and two next-generation Type-096 submarines, carrying around 80 sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and 250 to 300 nuclear-armed missiles, the report stated.

Full article: China to beef up nuclear submarine fleet by 2020: report (Want China Daily)

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