Imagery Identification: China’s Type 094 Ballistic Missile Submarine

According to analysis of Google Earth historical imagery from 29 November 2013, a probable Chinese Jin-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), also known as Type 094 SSBN, was observed with 12 of its ballistic missile hatches probably open. 

Type 094 ID_GE_3Apr2017

A SSBN is part of a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) system, designed for launching nuclear-armed ballistic missiles from undetectable locations underwater as part of a country’s strategic nuclear deterrent. The recently deployed Type 094 gives China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent.

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