China to deploy nuclear missiles on submarines – an annotated infographic

One can always rely on the Chinese for coming up with new and alarming ways to further elevate the global nuclear threat.

Their latest wheeze is to deploy nuclear missiles on its submarines. Reportedly close to deploying a credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, patrols are expected to start in the Pacific this year using Jin-class submarines armed with long-range JL-2 missiles. In the sage words of Homer J. Simpson, ka-blammo!

Quite who they’re hopig to deter in this way is not entirely clear. Killer whales? Armies of enraged mutant Krakens? Japanese fishermen?

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

China's nuclear subs
China’s nuclear subs

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