Military Capabilities

Chinese navy claims lead in IEPS development

06 June 2017

People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, a leading authority on naval electrical systems engineering, has claimed in an interview with state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) that China now has a significant lead over US and Western navies in the development of integrated electrical power systems (IEPSs).

Although there has been some confusion over exactly what technology Rear Adm Ma was referring to, he appears to claim that China has more advanced IEPSs than those employed in either US Zumwalt- or UK Type 45-class destroyers.

He also remarked that an IEPS will be installed in the PLAN's next generation of nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs).

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