Even though virtually nothing is known about its improvements over the previous Yuan class SSKs, there is plenty of speculation in the forum that this new submarine is enlarged to accommodate a limited number of land attack cruise missiles such as the DH-10 - to be launched through either torpedo tubes or vertical launch systems. Moreover, once knowledge about the extent of the modifications becomes more available, we will be better able to assess the extent to which the PLAN is satisfied with the Yuan class SSK's ability to survive and operate in the regional ASW environment.
Whatever improvements this submarine will feature, it would - along with other recently launched vessels - ensure that the Varyag will have no shortage of brand new escorts to choose from, once the slot machines and poker tables are properly arranged aboard this magnificent casino ship.
-- by Mr Unknown
Photo taken last week (compare it's size to the Yuan class SSK under construction right in-front)
Photo taken this morning
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