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Does This Picture Reveal a New Chinese Hunter-Killer Attack Submarine?

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) could be working on a new class of nuclear-powered hunter-killer attack submarines. Satellite photos taken by Planets Labs, which have since circulated on social media, purport to show a in dry dock in Huludao Port in Liaoning province, about 430km east of Beijing.

The satellite images, see above for one photos that was taken and given to Reuters, were taken from April 24 to May 4, 2022.

Military analysts couldn’t determine whether it was a new model, or an upgrade of an existing vessel, Reuters reported. However, parts of the craft were covered in a shroud – and experts suggested those sections could house additional missile launch tubes or perhaps a new, quieter propulsion system. Explicit images of any Chinese submarine are rare, but care was being taken to conceal the boat.

Submarines have remained an essential focus of the , along with aircraft carriers

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