ONI raised concerns about China's fast-growing submarine force, to include the Jin-class ballistic nuclear submarines, which will likely commence deterrent patrols in 2014, according to the report. The expected operational deployment of the Jin SSBN "would mark China's first credible at-sea-second-strike nuclear capability," the report states.
The submarine would fire the JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missile, which has a range of 4,000 nautical miles and would "enable the Jin to strike Hawaii, Alaska and possibly western portions of CONUS [continental United States] from East Asian waters," ONI assessed.
The report says the Chinese currently have five nuclear attack submarines, four nuclear ballistic missile submarines and 53 diesel attack submarines.
Overall, China's fleet of submarines has quickly increased in offensive weapons technology over the last 10 years. A decade ago, only a few Chinese submarines could fire modern anti-ship cruise missiles. Now, more than half of the conventional attack submarines are configured to fire ASCMs, the report states.
"The type-095 guided missile attack submarine, which China will likely construct over the next decade, may be equipped with a land-attack capability," the assessment explains.
This could enable Chinese submarines with an enhanced ability to strike U.S. bases throughout the region, the report adds.
"To go on combat patrol" does it mean that the SSBNs will go out to open ocean and patrol. Then if home country is under nuke attack, the SSBNs will carry out second strike at the hostile country who started the attack?
I would assume so since it is SSBN."To go on combat patrol" does it mean that the SSBNs will go out to open ocean and patrol. Then if home country is under nuke attack, the SSBNs will carry out second strike at the hostile country who started the attack?