& # 39; New & # 39; submarine paradeed in North Korea & # 39; is actually a Soviet ship from the 50s & # 39;
& # 39; New & # 39; submarine paraded in North Korea & # 39; is actually a 1950s Soviet ship – but crucial upgrade can still pose a rocket threat to its enemies & # 39;
- Kim Jong-Un praised the launch of the new dictatorship ship on state television
- Seems to be a refurbished Type-033 Romeo SSK, first used at the start of the Cold War
- Defense expert fears that the most important change has been an extension of the sail
- This could have been adapted to launch ballistic missiles with submarine
Hours after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un parade his alleged new submarine on state media, defense experts have said it is a Soviet antique.
Yesterday, images of the so-called Supreme Leader appeared flanked by guardians and bragged about his new diesel-electric missile submarine, commonly called SSB's.
But observers with eagle eyes became suspicious when they saw that the Korean Central Television showed him that he was running for a refurbished Type-033 Romeo SSK.
Kim – known as the Supreme Leader in North Korea since 2011 – is touring with civil servants during an apparent inspection
The submarines were first used at the beginning of the Cold War, but could be adapted to form a modern threat
The dictator boasted about the power of his submarine, while state media showed officials during the broadcast
These first appeared for use in the communist bloc in the 1950s, when the Cold War was still in its infancy.
However, the fact that it is not a new sub does not mean that development should be taken lightly.
The photos & # 39; s that appeared from Kim & # 39; s military officials who took notes while addressing them showed the brutal leader who visited Sinpo Shipyard.
Observers with eagle eyes noted that during the broadcast, state censors not only refused to specify the weapons on board, but also the back of the sail faded.
The dictator (pictured with his officials) was shown and praised a submarine who, according to him, would patrol the sea east of his country boasting a boost for the national defense
This may be because that is where the tubes for ballistic missiles are located, military expert Joseph Dempsey wrote on Twitter.
A clear change to the ship is the expansion upwards and outwards of the sail component.
Mr. Dempsey said: & # 39; Given the need to censor this large area, it would be logical to assume that it represents the incomplete or removed backsail housing used to house additional submarine-launched ballistic missile tubes. & # 39 ;
Marine analysis site H I Sutton, using the Twitter handle @CovertShores, shares the conclusion of Mr. Dempsey that the sub is a modified Romeo. Popular mechanics also reports that it is probably a conversion as opposed to a new ship.
Defense experts believe that the submarine could in fact be this Soviet ship from the 1950s
Pictured: the Soviet ship that the North Koreans seem to have adjusted before it was paraded on state television
It follows the development of missiles by the DPRK that could potentially carry a nuclear warhead.
The Pukkuksong-1 has an estimated range of 745 miles and is designed to be launched from a submarine, bringing South Korea and Japan to its path.
The land-bound Pukkuksong-2 has a range of 1,240 miles and is therefore able to reach the two states.
Photos of the inspection emerged in reports that a follow-up of those missiles is in the works.
Just two months ago, Kim also tested short-range ballistic missiles and this latest escalation comes prior to US-South Korean military exercises in the region.
North Korea believes that such exercises run counter to the statement it signed last year with Donald Trump with South Korea and the US.
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