09III/09IV (093/094) Nuclear Submarine Thread


Totoro

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What are the odds that the above image shows the complete complement of the boat? If so, there might be 5*16 + 2 crewmembers onboard a 093. (82 in total)
 

KenC

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"China's PLA Navy recently released footage of a joint drill between its submarine fleet and a surface combatant unit. The participating submarine unit set four records during the mission which includes the largest span of navigation longitude and the farthest area reached by Chinese submarines."

 

BoeingEngineer

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JL-2 is based on 7000-7500km range DF-31.

It's estimated that newer DF-31A is slightly longer than DF-31.

Then how do you explain that Trident 1, weight 32 tons can fly 7500 KM and deliver 8 MIRV, while the 42 tons JL-2 can not fly 11,000 KM and deliver 3 MIRV ? :rolleyes:

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JL-2, at 42 tons can only deliver 3 MIRV to a range of 7400 KM ?

Also the Bulava, at just 37 tons can deliver 6 MIRV to a range of 9000 KM !!

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The Observer

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Then how do you explain that Trident 1, weight 32 tons can fly 7500 KM and deliver 8 MIRV, while the 42 tons JL-2 can not fly 11,000 KM and deliver 3 MIRV ? :rolleyes:

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JL-2, at 42 tons can only deliver 3 MIRV to a range of 7400 KM ?

Also the Bulava, at just 37 tons can deliver 6 MIRV to a range of 9000 KM !!

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A few different factors could be in play:

1. Propellant difference (more vs less energetic propellant)

2. Missile construction and material (heavier material & selected design solution -> lower range/throw weight)

3. Size and weight of individual MIRV (larger & heavier MIRV -> less MIRV/missile)

4. The given throw weight/range comparison is flawed (minimal payload range for missile A vs full payload range for missile B)

5. Unreliable throw weight/range data (do we really know JL-2 REAL range?)

Specifically for No. 4, I suspect the given Trident 1 range is for minimal payload, while JL-2 is for max payload. We just can't compare the two together.
 

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