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A mysterious Chinese submarine breaks cover

10th February 2022 - 02:23 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


This is the MS200 mini-submarine shown by CSOC in 2017. There are similarities such as the sail and dive planes, though it is clearly a different design overall. (Gordon Arthur)

Little is known about a new type of submarine spotted in China, but it is likely destined for the PLA Navy.

The emergence of video footage of a new class of Chinese-built submarine sailing down a river somewhere in China comes as something of an epiphany, demonstrating that China is extremely busy developing its underwater fleet.

There was little indication that such a submarine project was underway, as the black-coloured submarine is not of the Type 039A/B/C Yuan class. The new design is in the order of 50m long, compared to 77.6m for the in-service Yuan class.

Furthermore, rather than the Yuan class’s double-hull design, the newly-discovered conventionally powered submarine seems to have just a single hull. Dive planes are

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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