The Type 041 is a new submarine used by the PLA Navy since 2004, NATO codenamed 'Yuan' Class. The submarine was built by Wuchang Shipyard in the Hubei Province. The Yuan Class appears to be a mixture of Chinese indigenous designs and Russian influence, with four diving planes and a single large shaft. The teardrop shaped hull and large sail suggest heavy Kilo influence. A pair of foreplanes are positioned in the middle of the sail. The hull of the submarine is covered with rubber anti-sonar protection tiles to reduce the risk of detection. The submarine has six 533mm bow torpedo tubes (2 above, 4 below), which can launch a range of Chinese indigenous or Russian wire, acoustic or wake-homing torpedoes, as well as the 80km range YJ-82 submarine launched anti-ship missile. For mine warfare missions, the submarine can carry 18 to 24 mines in its torpedo tubes.
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