美정보기관 “北, SLBM 탑재 신형 잠수함 건조중”
North Korea maybe developing a new submarine with long-range ballistic missile launching capabilities.
According to U.S. military intel sources, this 2-thousand ton sub would be the largest the regime has ever built.
Kim Hyun-bin has the details.
U.S. military intelligence has detected the construction of a new diesel submarine in North Korea’s Sinpo shipyard on its east coast.
According to Diplomat magazine on Wednesday, U.S. intelligence estimates the sub to be a two thousand ton vessel capable of launching a submarine launched ballistic missile, or SLBM.
The vessel is the largest the regime has constructed since building its Najin-class frigates.
The U.S. intelligence community believes the new sub will succeed the Gorae-class ballistic missile submarine,… the only sub that can launch a Pukguksong-1 SLBM.
North Korea has carried out four SLBM ejection tests this summer, with the last taking place on July 30th.
U.S. intelligence also believes the regime is currently developing a new SLBM known as the Pukguksong-3, which uses an advanced airframe made of lighter composite materials that would increase the range of the missile.
Amid increasing ballistic missile threats from the North, the U.S. Sixth Fleet test fired one of its most advanced missile interceptors, the Standard Missile-6 off the Scottish coast.
U.S. Sixth Fleet released a statement after the test on Sunday that the SM-6 was launched from an Aegis destroyer and successfully intercepted an incoming ballistic missile.
Raytheon, the missile’s manufacturer, said that the SM-6 is the only missile that can be used for both anti-air and anti-surface warfare, meaning that the missile could be used to counter North Korea’s nuclear facilities and intercept the regime’s ballistic missiles, which continue to develop rapidly.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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