Is the PLA Navy a Legitimate Threat?

Farrell, Richard E.
December 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Dec2003, Vol. 129 Issue 12, p42
Conference Proceeding
Industry Overview
China's booming economy supports the purchase of the best available Russian submarines and weapon systems, which in turn could be used to support the Chinese political goal to control of the approaches and seas around Taiwan, the Spratly Islands, and the South China Sea. The 12 Russian Kilo submarines purchased by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy are a cause for concern. The Chinese are aggressively seeking new diesel submarine technologies such as air independent propulsion and improving their acoustic weapons solutions for torpedoes [sup5]. The PLA Navy has stated that the U.S. Navy is its next probable adversary and China will use submarines against it, with an emphasis on preemptive strikes.


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