When you have an ICBM barge,who needs an SSBN? This is a concept which I've had for many years and hope that we will one day possess it along with our SSBNs.
NoKo is demonstrating a low-cost approach to possessing an UW N-delivery system,a "nuclear missile barge" from which it conducts its missile tests.However,the barge could likewise launch its BMs as effectively as an SSBN! Barges have been often used for testing UW missiles,as we have done too, but missile barges "MBs" safely hidden in home waters,bases UW caverns,etc., which move out very briefly just to let go of their missiles (after all they need to launch perhaps just once!) , is a very real and potent threat. This is a method which even the IN could adopt with UW pens on both coasts which can accommodate not just our N-boats and other subs but also N-barges. The beauty of an N-barge is that it can have larger silos than those on our SSBNs,thereby being able to accommodate even larger ICBMs with greater range or increased no. MIRVs and decoys.
Developing a genuine SSBN takes decades and is perhaps the most complex of all weapon systems to master. Possessing an N-barge is far easier,plus it has one extra capability that makes it very worthwhile to possess,that of communications .Communicating with an SSBN thousands of NMs UW,hidden in the ocean's depths is a great challenge,as we've explained before. A barge ,with a direct land commn. link would get commands innstantly.
In fact, the very existence of these barges and their larger BMs could be a total secret! Ingress and egress during exercises would be in base waters and could be completed during darkness.A 16 cell N-barge would not require an N-plant,but only a small quiet diesel plant as speeds required for the barge would be very low.
Most N-pens UW are designed to have sev. entrances /exits in case the base suffers a nuclear attack. Therefore ,the barge could survive any N-attack on the base and emerge for a second strike.
On to NoKo:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... t-any-time
North Korea ready for WW3? Satellite images reveal submarine missile launcher site
NORTH Korea has a second submarine missile launcher site according to shock new satellite images, amid fears Kim Jong-un is poised to carry out nuclear tests as tensions escalate with the United States.
By KATIE MANSFIELD
PUBLISHED: 04:37, Tue, May 2, 2017
Commercial satellite imagery has identified the second submarine missile site at the Nampo Naval Shipyard on North Korea’s west coast, according to thinktank 38 North which monitors the secretive state.
The watchdog says the discovery of the second launcher could indicate Kim Jong-un has stepped up his submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme.
The test stand barge is reportedly similar in size to previous Russian models which can be used to conduct underwater tests for new submarine missile launch systems before they are installed in submarines.
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New satellite images show in great detail how Kim Jong-un is escalating North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Figure 1. Activity continues at the North Portal DIGITALGLOBE/GETTY IMAGES
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Figure 1. Activity continues at the North Portal
Figure 1. Activity continues at the North Portal
Figure 2. Possible new dumping observed at the North Portal spoil pile
Figure 3. Probable personnel in formation or equipment in rows at the Main Administrative Area
Figure 1. Event locations (approximate) vis-à-vis tunnel portals with conjectured tunnel projections.
Figure 2. The extent of the original spoil pile of accumulated rock that was excavated pre-2006 for the tunnel used in the emplacement of the nuclear test devices used in 2009 and 2013.
Figure 3. Coincident with, or shortly after, radionuclides were detected and traced back to the February 2013 test, a new tunnel began to be excavated from the same point as the previous tunnel at the North Portal.
Figure 4. The spoil pile from the new tunnel excavation at the old West Portal (now “North” Portal) continued to expand through 2014.
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If both barges were acquired at the same time, it would imply that Pyongyang had planned a more extensive test program than it has so far conducted
Joseph S Bermudez Junior from 38 North said: “The discovery of a second missile test barge may have a number of implications for the future of North Korea’s SLBM program that appears to be an important priority for Kim Jong-un.
“A key consideration is the timing of the acquisition of the barges. If both were acquired at the same time, it would imply that Pyongyang had planned a more extensive test programme than it has so far conducted.
“However, since the second barge seems to have been acquired three years after the first, this could mean that North Korea is planning to accelerate its SLBM test program to include a west coast component or develop new SLBM designs, or that it may deploy a ballistic missile submarine with the West Sea Fleet.
Submersible test stand barge seen at the Sinpo South ShipyardDIGITAL GLOBE/SCAPEWARE3D
A second submersible test stand barge seen on same day at the Nampo Naval Shipyard
“None of these possibilities are mutually exclusive.”
It is unclear if the barge was manufactured in North Korea, but 38 North says a survey of the North’s naval shipways suggest the barge was imported into the country.
38 North said: “The barge appears identical in size (9m by 22.5m) and layout to the original barge that was first seen in 2014 at the Sinpo South Shipyard on the country’s east coast, which has been involved in at least four, and maybe as many as six, launches of the Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) SLBM since then.”
The satellite images are the latest in a series suggesting there could be fresh activity at Kim Jong-un’s test sites.
Last month chilling images revealed “unusually high levels of activity” at Kim Jong-un’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.
Experts say the images could mean a nuclear test is “imminent” as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls for North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal.
North Korea has conducted five declared and remotely detected underground nuclear tests at its dedicated nuclear test site at Punggye-ri in mountainous terrain in the northeast of the country over the last decade.
The discovery comes as the White House says it does not see US President Donald Trump holding a meeting with Kim Jong-un “any time soon”.
After Mr Trump told Bloomberg News he would be honoured to meet with Kim, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the US would need to see North Korea's provocative behaviour ratcheted down immediately.
Tensions have been high for weeks over fears Kim Jong-un may conduct a long range missile test
North Korea suggested yesterday it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force "to the maximum" in a "consecutive and successive way at any moment" in the face of what it calls US aggression and hysteria.
Mr Trump has said a “major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, while China said last week the situation on the Korean peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.
In a show of force, the US has sent the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula to join drills with South Korea to counter a series of threats of destruction from North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The Japanese have sent the Izumo to safeguard US naval manoeuvres in the region such as refuelling the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group.
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, has warned Kim Jong-Un represents a serious threat as missiles are launched towards his country.
A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency: “Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called 'maximum pressure and engagement', the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence.
“The measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership.”
North Korea test-launched a missile on Saturday which Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful.
Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks over fears the North may conduct a long-range missile test, or its sixth nuclear test, around the time of the April 15 anniversary of its state founder's birth.