"If this submarine is built for carrying and launching SLBMs
it is more than likely that they would test it, to ensure that it works the way they would need it to," CNN quoted the researcher, Dave Schmerler, as saying.
The exact specifications and other relevant details of the North's submarine were unknown, but it's been speculated that the submarine is capable of housing multiple launchers for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs
can be better in terms of overflight, but it may not always be possible to avoid overflight without time-consuming transit to optimized launch points.
Named after the founder of Moscow, the Yuriy Dolgorukiy is a Borei-class submarine that was launched in 2008 and is capable of carrying 16 Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs
also generally take more time, depending on their position.
The development of thenew batch of nuclear weapons includes Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missiles which would replace the Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs) and a low-yield nuclear warhead for existing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs
) and future SLCMs.
seems like a declaration of intent to advance the programme."
According to (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/04/03/99/0401000000AEN20170403002352315F.html) South Korea's ministry , the North is currently developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs
It's aimed at securing an "effective response" by the three countries to the North's submarine threats, especially as it's developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs
), it added.
North Korea thus stands to become the sixth nation with SLBMs
, joining the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and France.
It is not responsible for the nuclear and missile race in the region - in fact after the 1998 tests, it proposed a Strategic Restraint Regime in South Asia to prevent further development of de-stabilizing weapons - Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD), nuclear Sub-marine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs
) and Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) - as is being done by India.
According to open sources, Sir Jeremy would have briefed the prime minister advising her of the destructive power of each of the Lockheed Martin UGM-133A Trident-D5 SLBMs
carried by the Royal Navy's four Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering/BAE Systems 'Vanguard' class SSBNs, are be capable of inflicting.