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Well whatever the true purpose of that hump is, we can be fairly certain it being a VLS farm is out of the picture now.
"Shrugs" alot of Chinese military decisions are so steeped in secrecy and apparent confusion the only thing you can say is "why" most of the time. But since the common response is :" I am sure that the higher ups had think this hard and through" (which seems to be the common retort to anything that cannot be logically explained), I don't think we will be getting any good answers anytime soon.I would also go and say the 093 design is very dated. If you have a submarine with enough draft in the first place you won't need a hump and it would have been smoother hydrodynamically. You can also get rid of things like being a pure double hull to a single hull or mixed single-double hull hybrid and you won't have to make the 094 look so humpy compared to the other ballistic subs out there. Its even a disappointment they would still go on and make 093/094 based hulls, when they should have already begun with 095/096 hulls that better reflect the state of Chinese nautical engineering in the 2010-2020.
Unlikely. The hump is too close the sail. Not saying it's impossible technically, but that would be incredibly stupid, almost akin to putting the engine where the second-row seats should be on a minivan, with the van being rear-wheel drive to boot so that the drive shaft would have go through the third-row seats and connect to the rear differential located where the cargo area should be. A complete waste of precious space.