Pyongyang: North Korea is building a new submarine designed to carry the country’s nuclear missiles closer to their targets. The new class of submarine would be Pyongyang’s first operational ballistic missile sub.
US military intelligence assesses that North Korea has started building a “Sinpo-C-class” submarine at the Sinpo shipyard on the country’s east coast, the outlet reports. The sub’s specifications include a displacement of 2,000 tons, a maximum width of 11 meters and a diesel-electric propulsion system.
North Korea currently has one ballistic missile submarine (SSB), the Gorae (“Whale”), also known as Sinpo-B by U.S. intelligence. First detected via satellite in 2014, the Gorae displaces 1,700 tons and is capable of launching the Pukguksong-1 missile. The Pukguksong-1 is a two-stage missile with an estimated range of 745 miles. The new Sinpo-C-class vessel would “likely” be North Korea’s largest sub to date, according to the Diplomat.