North Korea confirms testing of a second nuclear-capable underwater attack drone designed for naval vessel and port destruction.
(Photo: Korea News Service via AP)
North Korea conducted a test of a nuclear-capable underwater attack drone, “Haeil-2,” from April 4 to April 7, as reported by its state media. This comes after the recent disclosure of another underwater drone called “Haeil-1,” which translates to tsunami, showcasing North Korea’s military capabilities in the face of the United States and South Korea.
During the recent underwater strategic weapon system test, North Korea’s KCNA state news agency reported that the drone traveled 1,000 km (621 miles) for 71 hours and 6 minutes, hitting a simulated target successfully.
According to KCNA, the test showcased the reliability and lethal attack capability of North Korea’s underwater strategic weapon system. While some analysts are skeptical about the readiness of the underwater vehicle for deployment, KCNA claimed that the system would serve as a deterrent against military action targeting North Korea.
Photographs published by North Korea’s state media revealed a dark-colored torpedo-shaped object with visible tracks indicating its underwater trajectory and a blast on the sea’s surface. These tests come amid North Korea’s regular testing of various weapons, which has escalated in recent weeks in response to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. In addition, North Korea has unveiled smaller nuclear warheads and fired an intercontinental ballistic missile with the capability to strike anywhere in the United States.