HAN (401) class SSN Weapon Systems // Ships // Submarines

Country of Origin: China

The sea trials for the first unit were very protracted, and the two earliest units proved unreliable. They were referred to by the Chinese navy, at least initially, as "sharks without teeth." This class has been noted for its technical problems, including include high internal radiation levels and an inability to fire missiles while submerged. One Western visitor has referred to the HAN-class as a WHISKEY-class sub with a reactor, in terms of the level of technology employed. The first...


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