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11 Mayıs 2015 Pazartesi

North Korea Test Launched a Ballistic Missile From its New Sinpo-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine

11 May 2015

North Korea officially announced (and released pictures showing) the first SLBM test (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile) from its new Sinpo class SSB (Ballistic Missile Submarine). North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un personally oversaw the launch, according to state-run KCNA agency. The report detailed how the launcher submarine dived at the sound of a combat alarm to test fire the missile.

"After a while, the ballistic missile soared into the sky from underwater," KCNA added. The time and place of the test were not disclosed.

Initial reports of such North Korean submarine-based missile test appeared at the beginning of the year from sources in the US Department of Defense, but this is the very first official confirmation of such tests from Pyongyang.

Aside from the propaganda, the interesting thing is that the North Korean media released the first clear pictures of the new Sinpo class SSBN and of its KN-11 SLBM.


The KN-11 is a new North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that is under development. On 23 January 2015 The Washington Free Beacon, quoting U.S. military officials, reported that the flight test of the KN-11 missile occurred off North Korea’s coast. South Korean government officials declared later that the initial report was incorrect, saying "The reports on a flight test of the SLBM were different from the truth. It was a test of a vertical launcher, not a flight test".

No technical detail on KN-11 SLBN exist at this time. But because of the reduced size of its launch platform (the Sinpo class submarine), the KN-11 is expected to have a fairly short range compared to other, land based ballistic missiles available in the North Korean arsenal.

Sinpo-class Submarine

The Sinpo class submarine is a new ballistic missile submarine, the largest submarine ever designed and built in North Korea. Nammed after the town where it was built, the Sinpo classcould be based on soviet era Yugoslavian designs such as Heroj and Sava. The new submarine first appeared on Google Earth imagery in April 2014. Based on the satellite imagery, it is estimated that the Sinpo-class is 65m (213 ft) long with a beam of 6.5m (21 ft). Only two vertical tubes for one KN-11 SLBM each are located in the sail of the submarine.

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