BEHOLD THE CHINESE TYPE 100-CLASS “GOD OF SUBMARINES” from South Front
Chinese submarine, identified as the Type-100 Class is reportedly contesting Russian Navy’s mighty Pr.941 Typhoon Class submarine as the largest ever built.
This was reported by H. I. Sutton for Naval News.
The new submarine is reportedly armed with 48 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs). It can also carry massive nuclear-powered nuclear-armed autonomous torpedoes.
The submarine was unveiled on April 1st
It was revealed at the Bohai Shipyard in Huludao, China, the new submarine is believed to be the Type-100 ‘Sun Tzu’ class. The timing, together with its type number, appear to refer to the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The vessel is approximately 210 meters long and about 30 meters across. This compares to a paltry 175 meters and 23 meters for the Typhoon Class. Although figures for the new submarine’s displacement are not known, it is almost certainly greater than the 48,000 ton Typhoon.
This makes the Chinese submarine, three or four times larger than the US Navy’s Ohio-class submarine. Furthermore, the Ohio class carries “only” 24 ballistic missiles.
In the bow are at least 8 Intercontinental nuclear-powered nuclear-armed hydrosonic torpedoes. These weapons are similar to the Russian Navy’s Poseidon weapon.
The hydrosonic torpedoes have an effectively unlimited range and are difficult to counter with current weaponry.
According to Sutton, its development, so soon after Russia moved forward with Poseidon, suggests that Poseidon has been exported. Or that some degree of a technology transfer has taken place.
The shift to a massive submarine may hint, like Typhoon, at an Arctic role. China regards itself as a Near-Arctic country and may intend to use the ice cap to protect its at-sea nuclear deterrence.
The C-100 also has an open hangar on its back, potentially for the “sailless” submarine, that was built in Shanghai.
One potential use for this is to provide layered self-defense for the host submarine. Another possibility is that it is for severing undersea internet cables in times of war.