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Ming Type 035

The Ming-class is a remodeled Romeo-class submarine. The Romeo-class submarines were built using Soviet designs based on the German Type-21 U- boat of 1944. While these boats are entirely obsolete by modern standards, they are useful for patrol and coastal defense duties, and construction continues providing a relatively inexpensive replacement for aging Romeo-class boats. The first three of this class completed between 1971 and 1979, one of which was later scrapped after a fire. These earlier units had faults which delayed the series production of the class, and they have since been retired. After a redesign, the Type 035 passed the national certification in 1983 and production resumed in 1987 at a rate of 1 unit per year. The program was thought to have terminated in 1992, but in fact it accelerated to 2 units per year from 1993 before terminating in 1996. The 16th unit of this class was delivered in May 1997, and deployed to the South China Sea in June 1998. The other 15 Ming-class submarines all serve in the North Sea Fleet.

Specifications

Builder Wuhan SY
Propulsion diesel electric
Length 249 feet / 76 meters
Beam 25 feet / 7.6 meters
Draft 16.7 feet / 5.1 meters
Displacement 2,100 tons submerged
1,584 tons surfaced
Endurance 8000 miles at 8 knots snorting
330 at 4 knots dived
Speed 15 knots surfaced
18 knots dived
10 knots snorting
Crew 57 including 12 officers
Armament
  • 8 - 21 inch torpedo tubes
  • Construction With construction begining in the mid-1970s, at least 16 units had been delivered by 1999, with several more under construction.
    1. Ming 232
    2. Ming 233
    3. Ming 342
    4. Ming 352
    5. Ming 353
    6. Ming 354
    7. Ming 356
    8. Ming 357
    9. Ming 358

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