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Type 096 submarine
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Type-96 Tang-class
Class overview
Name: Type 096
Operators:  People's Liberation Army Navy
Preceded by: Type 094 (Jin class)
General characteristics
Type: SSBN
Propulsion: Nuclear reactor
Armament: Unknown number and type torpedo tubes (bow); missiles - 24 × JL-3(?) SLBMs.

The Type 096 (Tang class) submarine is a SSBN rumored to be in development for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The Type 096 may carry 24 SLBMs, compared to the 12 of the previous Type 094 SSBN.[1] According to analysts, it could also feature a hull similar to Western SSBNs.[2] U.S. defense officials have stated that it might begin its first sea patrol in 2014.[3]

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