July 09, 2007

New Chinese Ballistic Missile Submarine Spotted

Hans M. Kristensen over at the Federation of American Scientists' Strategic Security Blog, talks about the new submarine that was photographed by the commercial Quickbird satellite in late 2006 and the image is freely available on the Google Earth web site.

A commercial satellite image appears to have captured China's new nuclear ballistic missile submarine. The new class, known as the Jin-class or Type 094, is expected to replace the unsuccessful Xia-class (Type 092) of a single boat built in the early 1980s. He goes through a very good analysis of the imagery. [via Strategic Security Blog]

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