Las imágenes de satélite sugieren que China puede haber desarrollado una nueva clase de submarino de propulsión nuclear

Las imágenes muestran claramente un submarino en dique seco, pero los obenques sobre áreas clave de la embarcación dificultan determinar si se trata de una clase de embarcación completamente nueva o simplemente una actualización de un modelo existente, según Reuters. The changes in question relate to adding vertical-launching missile tubes for guided missiles as well as an upgraded propulsion system.

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The images were captured at China’s Huludao Port in the Liaoning province.

The parts of the ship that would house both the launch tubes and propulsion are covered with what appears to be green tarp. The propulsion upgrade, if applied, would replace traditional spinning propellors with quieter pump-jets, según Reuters.

Mientras que EE. UU.. Navy has long had such vessels, the development would be a new one for China’s burgeoning Navy. Los Estados Unidos. military has also been monitoring the Chinese military for development of a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine in recent years.

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The images come at a time of simmering tensions between the U.S. and China over both Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s ambitions toward Taiwan.

China has refused to join Western efforts to freeze out the Russian economy since President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February. The country has also consistently antagonized Taiwan’s sovereignty with faux bombing runs near the island.

While the U.S formally recognizes the one-China policy and does not have an official embassy in Taiwan, los Estados Unidos. has supplied billions of dollars in defense technology to the country.

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