Accession Number : ADA519346


Title :   China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force. Insights from Chinese Writings


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI


Personal Author(s) : Erickson, Andrew S ; Goldstein, Lyle J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a519346.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 27


Abstract : This article will survey the available Chinese writings concerning the PLAN's future nuclear submarine force. Two caveats are in order. First, this article seeks to present the views of Chinese analysts but does not render final judgment on the validity of those views. Such an approach will better acquaint a broader community of naval analysts with the essential primary source materials. Second, this is not a comprehensive study but rather a preliminary research probe. These data need to be treated with a certain amount of caution, and follow-on studies are necessary before major conclusions can be drawn. The article begins with a brief survey of relevant elements from Chinese writings concerning the PLAN's nuclear submarine history. A second section examines how PLAN analysts appraise developments among foreign nuclear submarine forces: What lessons do they glean from these other experiences? The third section concerns mission imperatives: What strategic and operational objectives are China's 093 and 094 submarines designed to achieve? The potential capabilities of these submarines are addressed in this article's fourth and final section.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *CHINA , *NAVAL OPERATIONS , *NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINES , MILITARY STRATEGY , SUBMARINES , NAVY , PROBES , REPRINTS , SOURCES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)


Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE