Skip to comments.Could NK Take Its Nuke Strike Capability to a NEW LEVEL?
Posted on 08/12/2017 9:12:17 PM PDT by hapnHal
This is something to worry about... Could North Korea take its Nuke Strike capability to a new level?
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Recent satellite photos suggest North Korea could be preparing for fresh submarine-based ballistic missile tests, an expert on its military said Friday.
Joseph Bermudez, a specialist in North Korean defense and intelligence affairs, posted photographs on the authoritative 38 North blog of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University which he said could show preparations for a test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).
"Recent commercial satellite imagery reveals several developments suggesting that North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces," he said.
Activity on a SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine at the Mayang-do navy shipyard and submarine base, he said, suggests "that the North may be preparing for a new series of 'at sea' test launches, has undertaken modifications or upgrades to the submarine's launch systems, or is developing a more advanced version of the Pukguksong-1."
The Pukguksong-1 is an SLBM that was first successfully test-launched on August 24, 2016.
That missile flew 500 kilometers (300 miles) towards Japan, which leader Kim Jong-Un said at the time put the US mainland within striking range from a Pacific-based submarine.
Bermudez said the preparations at the submarine in recent weeks match those ahead of previous tests.
The preparations come amid a tense escalation of threats between the United States and North Korea over the latter's recent gains in nuclear weapons technology and its successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that theoretically could hit cities on the US east coast.
A proven SLBM system would take North Korea's nuclear strike threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a "second-strike" capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.
Do you have any idea how old and small North Korea’s submarines are? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
I guess with a little Chinese help a small NK sub 40 miles off our coast won’t hurt us.
I am sure they get bored running solutions on tankers and freighters.
I think you misunderstand the Chinese/Korean relationship circa 2017. It’s not 1955 anymore.
The North Korean boats are similar to our World War II submarines.
Don’t laugh. A .22 shot by a ten year old can kill you.
A FAR bigger concern is their clandestine production of lithium for h-bombs and enhanced a-bombs.
Sharks gotta eat too.
Let’s sink all their subs.
We aren’t doing too well here in Ca with the drug smuggling panga boats.
But, I’m sure our well equip Coast Guard and Navy will take any bad NK subs out very quickly.
Do you have any idea how old and small North Koreas submarines are? I dont know whether to laugh or cry.
I was reading stories about North Korea.. Their military is not that good. over half of their equipment is out dated and in bad condition. I don’t think they have been able to miniaturize a nuke that could easily fit in A war head. they might get the nuke down to about 1000 lbs but it limits it’s distance. They have old soviet guidance systems like early 1960’s not very accurate..
What makes you think the Coast Guard wants to stop drug smuggling? I attended school with people in all 5 services. A guy the same pay grade as me at the time was in the Coast Guard. I drove an older Nova, he drove a new Porsche.
Above is a shirt he wore off-duty. Get it?
I dreamed a script for a movie about a week ago. Modern day men took a time machine back to 1863 and equipped each confederate regiment with a Marlin Model 60 and a large bag of .22LR ammunition.
That crap has led to some of the worst and most hilarious threads about military tech on FR.
Sounds like a good episode for the late and much missed Miami Vice..........................Not that Gen X re-do crap.
Sorry, been done already with AK-47s; https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Guns_of_the_South
If their sponsors provide the capability, yes.
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