The range of the latest solid-fuel intercontinental missiles JL-3 exceeds 10 thousand km and, according to some estimates, reaches 12 thousand km, writes the South China Morning Post.
A new strategic nuclear submarine of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA) can carry a missile that can hit targets throughout the United States. This was reported on Monday by the South China Morning Post newspaper, citing military sources.
We are talking about the submarine of Project 094A “Jin,” which was presented on April 30 on the celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the PLA Navy. It can carry the latest JL-3 solid-fuel intercontinental missiles, the range of which exceeds 10 thousand km and, according to some estimates, reaches 12 thousand km.
“The submarine 094A is an upgraded version of the Type 094 submarine, which solved one of the key problems associated with noise by improving the hydrokinetic and turbulent systems. This allowed it to carry more powerful JL-3 missiles,” the newspaper quotes one of the interlocutors. According to him, before the modernization, the submarine of this type was armed with a less powerful JL-2 missile, which could hit targets only in the northeastern part of the United States. According to experts, the JL-3 missile, like its predecessor, is capable of carrying several nuclear warheads.