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Posted on 07/31/2013 4:23:43 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
PLA said to have built world's largest conventional submarine
Military Photos.net, a website dedicated to global military development based in the United States, has published photos to suggest that China's PLA Navy has recently constructed the world's largest conventional submarine.
The submarine shown in the photo is claimed to be a Type 032 Qing-class test submarine, designed as a new diesel-electric ballistic missile submarine to replace the older Golf-class submarines. With a submerged displacement of 6,628 tonnes, the Qing-class is currently the largest diesel-electric submarine in the world. The development of the submarine began in 2005 and was completed in 2010. It entered service with the PLA Navy on Oct. 16 last year and is ready to conduct weapons tests this year.
Before the Type 032, the I-400 of the Imperial Japanese Navy constructed during World War II was the largest diesel-electric submarine ever built. With the ability to carry three Aichi M6A1 Seiran sea-planes, the I-400 was designed to launch air attacks against the Panama Canal. China's Type 032 will be able to launch various weapons including the JL-2A submarine-launched ballistic missile, CJ-20A cruise missiles and the YJ-18 anti-ship missile.
Military Photos.net noted that the submarine is able to remain submerged for up to 30 days and could become a deadly threat to the national security of the United States. Although the JL-2A with its range of 4,500 miles cannot reach the continental United States when launched from the coast of China, it could do so if the missile were launched from a Qing-class submarine off Hawaii.
There must be a hell of a lot underwater that can’t be seen. It certainly doesn’t look very long from nose to tailfin. Maybe one hell of a big girth.
China’s advance in technology not to be sneered at.
Long tele lens, probably.
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Looks like a copy of the Kursk.
Another name for the “worlds largest conventional submarine” would be “target”.
What is it?
Not necessarily. While they're limited in range to mostly coastal operations, diesel-electrics can be among the quietest subs in terms of propulsion-related noise.
I thought is looked like a Russian but I did not recognize the flag.
This is the pic from the article,, think you may have posted a pic of a "Golf Class" Cause this is most different sub, note the placement of the "Dive Planes" on the sail
i posted a pic from militaryphotos!!
Coastal operations? Diesel electrics spanned the world in WW2.
Most of that bulb on deck is actually the gun turret.
But they could only make decent speed running on the surface, where the diesels could breathe. They had to constantly be on the lookout for enemy aircraft, and dive before they were spotted. I suspect modern satellite imaging would make them sitting ducks in open water.
Yes, that's true, and they could theoretically span the world now. That said, it requires much more in the way of logistics--getting fuel to run those diesels. Plus, the need to run those diesels periodically makes the sub vulnerable and on the surface.
And while technically possible to go global, there's a much bigger impact on the crew, working on a D/E sub on such a basis. There are less "amenities" like fresh water available, perhaps video games and TV, eating conditions and the quality of food are less.
Nuke subs are “louder” because they can never completely shut down. Fuel cell systems allow of course to run a diesel underwater if needed for a recharge. They are vulnerable for fueling on resurfacing but they do not have to be stuck at ports for weeks at a time swapping nuke rods. Of course, in time of war that policy could change.