Easy Model EM37506 Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy Type 092 XIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine (1:350 Scale)
"The officers and sailors of 361 remembered their sacred duty entrusted to them by the Party and the People. They died on duty, sacrificed themselves for the country, and they are great losses to the People's Navy."
- Chairman Jiang Zemin, Central Military Commission in a condolence message to families of the dead crew from Submarine No. 361, May 2nd, 2003
The 6,500-ton Type 092 Daqingyu (US Department of Defense designation Xia-class, Chinese designation 09-II) submarine was the first ballistic missile-carrying, nuclear-powered submarine class (SSBN) deployed by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, and the first SSBN designed and built in Asia. She was designed by Peng Shilu and Huang Xuhua and derived from the Han-Class SSNs, with an extended hull to accommodate four missile tubes.
The first Changzheng 6 (# 406) of its class was laid down in 1978 at Huludao 120 miles North-East of Beijing; she was completed in 1981. She then spent 6 years being fitted out and conducting tests with its 12 JL-1 (CSS-N-3) missiles, becoming active in 1987. Later, the submarine went through numerous upgrades in incremental step, including using Type H/SQ2-262B sonar manufactured by No. 613 Factory replacing the original Type 604 sonar on board.
The 092 has undergone numerous refits, currently featuring a new black paint, possible quieting technologies, French－designed sonar, and the improved longer ranged JL-1A SLBM. It is reported that the 092 has not sailed beyond Chinese regional waters. One of the two Xias built was reported lost during an accident.
The Xia is aging however and a new Ballistic Missile Submarine design is in the works for the People's Liberation Army Navy. The US Defense Intelligence Agency lists the Xia-Class as being "Not Operational." While its capability is still being questioned, Xia made its world wide debut on April 23rd, 2009 celebrating the 60th anniversary of PLA Navy's founding. The 092 class are homeported in Jianggezhuang near Qingdao.
Pictured here is a 1:350 scale replica of a People's Liberation Army Navy Type 092 XIA Class Ballistic Missile Submarine. Sold Out!
Length: 14 inches
Release Date: June 2011