North Korea has introduced its first operational “tactical nuclear attack submarine,” known as Submarine No. 841, which has been assigned to patrol the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.
- This submarine, named Hero Kim Kun Ok, is deemed a key component of North Korea’s naval force and is likely a modified version of a Soviet-era Romeo-class submarine acquired from China in the 1970s.
- It is equipped with 10 launch tube hatches, suggesting it may carry ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.
- TNWs typically refer to short-range weapons that have not been classified as “strategic” under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).