January 23, 2017

YUAN 1 - Submarine Table - China's Type 039A/B, 041. Work in progress.

The following Table, based on frequently contradictory Sources, is a work in progress. The ultimate, probably, unattainable aim, is to build a table as complete as the SORYU TABLE



1. Model
2. No.
3. Shipyard
4. Launched
5. Commissioned
Remarks
039A
330
31 May 2004
2006
East Sea
039A
331
2007
2009
East Sea
039A
332
Wuchang
2007
2009
East Sea
039A
333
Wuchang
2008
2010
East Sea
039B
334
Wuchang
2010
2011
East Sea
039B
335
Wuchang
2010
2011
East Sea
039B
336
Shanghai?
Changxing
2010
2011
East Sea
039B
337
Shanghai
2011?
2012
East Sea
039B
338
Wuchang
2011?
2012
039B
339
Wuchang
2011?
2012
039B
340
Shanghai?
?
2012
North Sea
039B
341
Shanghai?
?
2012
North Sea
039B
342
Wuchang
Dec 2013?
2015
039B
343
Wuchang
2013/14?
2015
039B
344
Wuchang
Dec? 2016
2017/18?
039B
345
Wuchang
Dec? 2016
2017/18?
039B
346
Wuchang
Dec? 2016
2018/19?
347
348
349
Completing 20 for China
Export
Models
Wuchang
2023
4 to be export to Pakistan
S20P
Wuchang
2023
to Pakistan
S20P
Wuchang
2023
to Pakistan
S20P
Wuchang
2023
to Pakistan
S26T
Wuchang
S26T
Wuchang
2026
for Thailand
S26T
Wuchang
2026
for Thailand
S20P
Karachi shipyard
2028
4 to be built in Pakistan
S20P
Karachi
2028
Pakistan
S20P
Karachi
2028
Pakistan
S20P
Karachi
2028
Pakistan

SOURCES

Latest Congressional Research Service study, June 2016 The most reliable data may be at column 5. “Commissioned”. This is drawn from Page 17, Table 1, “PLA Navy Submarine Commissionings” in Ronald O'Rourke's In China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, June 17, 2016, Congressional Research Service CRS 7-5700  RL33153 https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33153.pdf  (PDF 10 MB).
Column 3 most Shipyard entries are Wuchangfar northeastern China also Shanghai, Changxing Shipyard, east central coastal China.
- The O'Rourke, CRS Table 1, disagrees with many sources on number of Yuans Commissioned in 2011 and 2012.


China Military Power 2016, Full Title ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China [April 26] 2016, US DoD,
- submarines mainly at pages 22 and 26, 
- on pages 27 and 72 is the sub-launched YJ-18 (ASCM) (PDF, about 10 MB). 


Capt. Christopher P. Carlson, USN (Retired) Essay: Inside the Design of China’s Yuan-class Submarine, US Naval Institute (USNI) News, August 31, 2015 https://news.usni.org/2015/08/31/essay-inside-the-design-of-chinas-yuan-class-submarine

Right-click mouse to translate Taiwanese source 039A / B meta-level diesel attack submarines http://www.mdc.idv.tw/mdc/navy/china/039ab.htm . Then scroll 1/3 down, after all the photos, to see a Table with model, number, shipyard, launch, commission, fleet. Also see much information with specs and many more details model by model.

Sources: Global Security (January 2017) for some lauch, commission and export details., 

Much analytical information I haven't assessed yet at Submarines: Chinese Kilo Evolves Beyond the Original https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htsub/articles/20170121.aspx of January 21, 2016 . With higher estimates of Yuans built and projected.


On 3 Type 039B Yuans being built December 2016 at Wuchang shipyard. See IHS Jane’s, 5 January 2017 http://www.janes.com/article/66691/china-resumes-production-of-yuan-class-submarines

All of these Sources are useful to visit and revisit to build a more accurate Table(s).

Once the Yuans are more settled I'll fill out Tables on China's Mings, Songs, Kilos, the odd Qing, SSNs then SSBNs.

Pete

4 comments:

Nicky K.D Chaleunphone said...

Hi Pete,
What do you think China will do with the old Mings and Kilo class SSK's once the Yuan's come online.

Peter Coates said...

Hi Nicky

With the Mings scrapped OR sold/donated to third countries.

The Kilos Russian origin would likely prevent China selling/donating them to a third country. More likely the Kilos, over their 20 year service lives still remaining, will be upgraded, serve and then be scrapped in the 2030s.

Pete

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