Chinese nuclear submarines can survive up to 90 percent of nuclear attacks and launch counterattacks, a military expert revealed recently.
A Chinese nuclear at a harbor. [File photo]
Weapons play an important role in any given country's coast guard and the attacking weapons such as nuclear-powered submarines armed with strategic missiles can also be effectively used in defense, said a navy scholar Cao Weidong.
The high survival rate of Chinese nuclear submarines means they can strike back against aggressors after being under nuclear attack. This will lead to a no-win situation and thus deter enemies from launching any such attacks.
The coastline of the Chinese mainland extends for more than 18,000 kilometers and that of islands continues for more than 14,000 kilometers. All places of strategic importance are placed under the protection of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.
Statistics show that the launching silo of land-based cruise missiles can only survive 5 percent of attacks; airborne weapons such as strategic bombers can survive 50 percent of attacks.