SLBMs

SS-N-20 SLBM

Photo credit: TommaX, Inc./Military Parade Ltd.

Russian DELTA IV SSBN

Photo credit: TommaX, Inc./Military Parade Ltd.

SS-N-23 SLBM

Photo credit: TommaX, Inc./Military Parade Ltd.

China currently has a single XIA-class SSBN which is intended to carry 12 CSS-NX-3 missiles. In addition, the Chinese are designing a new SSBN that will carry the new JL-2 ballistic missile. This missile will, for the first time, allow Chinese SSBNs to target portions of the United States from operating areas located near the Chinese coast. India is also developing a new SLBM known as the Sagarika, which could become operational after 2010.

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