North Korea’s Submarine Force: A Threat to the Navy or Paper Tiger?

May 16, 2018 11:15 am nationalinterest.org
North Korea’s Submarine Force: A Threat to the Navy or Paper Tiger?

North Korea’s latest submarine is a step in a different direction, the so-called Sinpo or Gorae (“Whale”) class ballistic-missile submarine (SSB). The SSB appears to blend submarine know-how from previous classes with launch technology from the Soviet Cold War–era Golf-class ballistic-missile submarines; North Korea imported several Golf-class subs in the 1990s, ostensibly for scrapping purposes. Both the Golf and Gorae classes feature missile tubes in the submarine’s sail. The tubes are believed to be…

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