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CNS Type 096 / Tang (class)


Nuclear-Powered Ballistic Missile Submarine


China | 2025



"The Type 096 is an under-development nuclear-powered submarine for the Chinese Navy with an emphasis placed on delivering ballistic missiles over range."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/31/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The Type 096 ballistic missile submarine is being planned for the People's Liberation Army Navy Submarine Force of China. The boat is intended as a delivery vehicle for a mass collection of ballistic missiles over range. It is known to be nuclear-powered, giving it essentially unlimited range, and feature the latest in acoustic dampening techniques to make her silent as well as carry the latest in advanced sensors and processing systems. In addition to its ballistic missile array (numbering some 24 missiles), there should feature standard bow-mounted torpedo tubes to handle homing torpedoes as well as cruise missiles.

Current models indicate a submarine form of conventional design and arrangement. The hull is rounded and smooth with a forward-set sail containing the usual masts and comm equipment. Just aft of the tower is the ballistic missile bay which protrudes from the dorsal spine of the boat from the sail to the just aft of midships. The stern will sport a typical cruciform plane arrangement and feature a single shafted propeller unit.

The Type 096 follows the in-service Type 094 boats of the modern Chinese Navy. The class is also known as the Tang-class by NATO and carries the Chinese designation of 09-VI in some sources.

Due to the newness of this submarine, this article will be updated as information permits.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Type 096 / Tang (class).
1 x Nuclear reactor feeding 2 x Steam turbines and driving 1 x Shaft astern.
Propulsion
20.0 kts
23.0 mph
Surface Speed
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Submerged Speed
Essentially Unlimited
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Type 096 / Tang (class).
150
Personnel
Complement
450.0 ft
137.16 meters
O/A Length
45.0 ft
13.72 meters
Beam
35.0 ft
10.67 meters
Draught
12,000
tons
Displacement
10,000
tons
Displacement (Submerged)
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Type 096 / Tang (class).
6 x 533mm torpedo tubes in bow for homing torpedoes and cruise missiles.
24 x Surface-Launched Ballistic Missiles (JL-13 missiles).
Ships-in-Class (4)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Type 096 / Tang (class) family line as relating to the Type 096 (Tang-class) group.
Not Available.
Operators
Global operator(s) of the CNS Type 096 / Tang (class). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of China

[ China (planned) ]
Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
SUBMERGED ATTACK
MARITIME PATROL
FLEET SUPPORT
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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