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Japan Identifies Chinese Submarine
« on: January 26, 2018, 09:09:49 PM »
Japan Identifies Chinese Submarine in East China Sea: A Type 093 SSN | The Diplomat - January 16, 2018
The submarine spotted in Japan’s contiguous zone in the East China Sea last week alongside a frigate was a Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) Shang-class (Type 093) nuclear attack submarine (SSN), Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Monday.

Onodera’s statement definitively clarifies the vessel’s type, days after the Japanese government protested to China over an intrusion by a PLAN frigate and the SSN into the contiguous zone around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The Japanese government had initially not identified the submarine as a Chinese vessel, but the Defense Ministry later confirmed that a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force escort vessel had tracked the submarine since January 10.

“We are seriously concerned over acts that unilaterally raise tensions. We’ll keep our guard up to respond swiftly if a similar incident happens,” Onodera told reporters on Monday. Last week’s incident in the East China Sea was the first time a PLAN submarine had entered Japan’s contiguous zone around the Senkakus. China Coast Guard vessels and civilian fishing trawlers have regularly entered both the territorial sea and the contiguous zone around the islands since Japan’s decision to nationalize the Senkakus in 2012. PLAN incursions are rarer, but in the summer of 2016, for example, a PLAN frigate entered the contiguous zone around the Senkakus for the first time in more than a decade.

Chinese Shang-class submarines use nuclear propulsion and have conducted extended deployments into the Indian Ocean and China’s near seas. China is thought to currently have two submarines in active service, with three more undergoing trials. In addition to torpedoes, the submarines are equipped with vertical launch systems (VLS) that can accommodate YJ-18 anti-ship and land-attack cruise missiles. (An improved version of the Shang-class can accommodate CJ-10 cruise missiles.)

Type 093 Shang-class Nuclear Attack Submarine

The new Type 093 Shang-class SSN is thought to be similar in performance to Russian second generation designs such as the Victor III, although it would be incorrect to describe the Chinese submarine as a copy of the Russian Victor III.

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The TYPE 093 was expected to be quieter than its predecessor. Furthermore, the TYPE 093 would carry more advanced weapons than the HAN, including ant-ship cruise missiles and more modem torpedoes. China has built these features into the TYPE 093 in an effort to improve the PLAN's ability to conduct anti-surface warfare at greater ranges from the Chinese coast than its diesel submarine force offers.

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