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N.Korea 'Has 100 Mobile Missile Launch Platforms'
2013-02-14
North Korea has about 100 mobile launch platforms for ballistic missiles, which could pose the biggest threat to South Korea if the regime succeeds in miniaturizing nuclear warheads. It would be hard to detect these heavy trucks and strike them because they keep moving around.
"That's why they're called 'mobile', Jimmy."
A government source in Seoul on Wednesday said South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies believe that the North has some 100 of these platforms for medium-range ballistic missiles such as the Scud and Rodong, which have all of South Korea within range.

There are about 27 to 40 mobile launch platforms for the Scud missiles, which have a range between 300 and 1,000 km; 27 to 40 for the Rodong missiles with a range of 1,300 km, and 14 for the Musudan missiles with a range between 3,000 and 4,000 km. The North has an estimated 640 Scud missiles and 150 to 250 Rodong missiles.

The mobile missile launchers would make it harder for South Korea and the U.S. to launch a pre-emptive strike using the so-called "kill chain" in an emergency. A "kill chain" is the process of detecting, identifying and intercepting missiles. The Defense Ministry has mapped out a plan to establish a 30-minute "kill chain" system by 2015. A spokesman on Wednesday said this includes ship-to-shore and submarine-to-ground cruise missiles.

Some pundits believe the ministry is exaggerating the power of the "kill chain" and new missiles to calm anxiety in the wake of the North's nuclear test.

During the Gulf War in 1991, the U.S. had a great deal of trouble finding and destroying Iraq's mobile Scud missile launch platforms. It sent aircraft on as many as 1,460 sorties to hunt Scud missiles and boasted that they destroyed some 100 such missile platforms. But analysis afterward showed that not a single Scud missile launch platform was destroyed completely.

It is not impossible to detect Scud or Rodong missiles, which use liquid fuel, before they are launched, because it takes between an hour-and-a-half to three hours to fuel them up. But experts say that detecting is one thing and destroying another.
Posted by:Steve White

#6  strategy page mentions a whole slew of SKor first attack conventional missiles

Taiwan appears to be following a similar route now with 3000km/hr ram jet cruise missile the Yunfeng that has a 1200km range. It further says it is able to reach most key Chinese industrial and military targets in northern and central China
Posted by: Water Modem   2013-02-14 22:08  

#5  I am not sure if it needs to be nuclear. North Korea has had for many years a massive conventual force aimed at the South.
Posted by: Bernard Z   2013-02-14 08:17  

#4  HERE is a detailed picture of the calculator.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-02-14 00:37  

#3  Crazy Fool----You need one of those Nuclear Bomb Effects Computers (a circular slide rule). I have one I take for a spin from time to time.

The backside of the calculator is creepy, giving you information on radiation, kill radius, burn level radius.

However, they are no longer made, but you can do the calculations ONLINE HERE.
Posted by: Alaska Paul   2013-02-14 00:32  

#2  It would be hard to detect these heavy trucks and strike them because they keep moving around.
How about we just watch the test, maint, fuel and transport teams that visit the hidden missiles?
Posted by: Skidmark   2013-02-14 00:25  

#1  But experts say that detecting is one thing and destroying another.

Curious. What is the blast radius of a tactical nuke?

(Not that Obumbles would allow us to have any....)
Posted by: CrazyFool   2013-02-14 00:11  

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