|Country of origin:||North Korea|
|Class:||Ballistic missile submarine (potentially just a prototype or test vehicle)|
|Introduced:||Construction began in late 2012 and was launched in July 2014|
|Displacement:||1,000 – 1,500 tons|
|Max Speed:||18.4 mph (16 knots)|
|Length:||214.9 ft (65.5 m)|
|Beam:||21.7 ft (6.6 m)|
|Armament:||2 x vertical launch tubes in the sail; potentially 2-4 x torpedo tubes in the bow|
|Missiles||1-2 x KN-11 ballistic missile (SLBM)|
|Sonar/Sensors:||Non-indigenous commercial systems|
|Notes:||North Korea’s first ballistic missile submarine based on the former Yugoslavian Sava or Heroj class submarines. Ex-Soviet Golf II class submarines acquired by the North in 1993 are also believe to have influenced the Sinpo’s design.|
|It is believed to have successfully test the KN-11 SLBM on April 23, 2016, while an earlier test in December 2015 may have damaged the submarine when the missile failed to eject properly.|
|Also known as the Pongdae class.|
- Joseph S. Bermudez Jr and Karl Dewey, “North Korea modernises submarine fleet,” IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, 2016.
- Joseph S. Bermudez Jr, “North Korea’s SINPO-class Sub: New Evidence of Possible Vertical Missile Launch Tubes; Sinpo Shipyard Prepares for Significant Naval Construction Program,” 38 North, January 8, 2015.
- David Axe, “North Korea’s New Nuclear Sub is Wickedly Unsafe,” The Daily Beast, April 27, 2016.
- Joseph S. Bermudez Jr, “North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo Shipyard,” 38 North, May 3, 2016.
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