Sea Platforms

China trials new marine propulsion system

31 October 2017

China has successfully conducted trials of a new permanent magnet electric propulsion motor installed in an unidentified naval vessel at the Sanya naval base on the country’s southern Hainan Island, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 24 October.

The report follows the claim made earlier this year by People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Rear Admiral Ma Weiming that China had achieved technological developments that would place its implementation of Integrated Electric Propulsion Systems (IEPS) ahead of those in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Although the Global Times report was unspecific about the vessel that tested the permanent magnet motor, it quoted an unnamed military expert as saying that installation of the motor was planned for a Chinese-built conventional submarine.

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