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China planning for Arctic operations

04 July 2018

A research report published in the Chinese Journal of Ship Research suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is considering future submarine operations in the Arctic. The study, which was undertaken at Harbin Engineering University, considers techniques to model stresses on a submarine’s structure when surfacing through ice.

According to Ryan Martinson of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College, the research was partly funded by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

The study concludes that the model developed will support optimisation of future submarine design for Arctic operations.

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