Skip to comments.'NK Heavy Torpedoes Blamed for Disaster'
Posted on 04/27/2010 2:05:24 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
'NK Heavy Torpedoes Blamed for Disaster'
By Jung Sung-ki
Investigators, who believe that a torpedo attack could have sunk the Navy ship Cheonan ― breaking it in two ― are looking into the capabilities of North Korea's torpedoes, sources said Monday.
Pyongyang is believed to have four to five types of heavy torpedoes built in China and Russia.
The Type EO-3G torpedo developed by China is referred to as the probable culprit. Built in the 1980s, the torpedo is a passive homing weapon capable of hitting a ship after tracking the vessel's screws acoustically.
The Type EO-6 and ET-80A are also referred to as homing weapons that might have hit the 1,200-ton frigate near the western sea border with North Korea on the night of March 26.
Some experts downplayed the possibility of homing torpedoes, citing the low capability of North Korea's Sang-O (Shark) class submarines.
The 34-meter-long, 3.8-meter-wide Sang-O class is mainly used by special forces in infiltrating areas or laying mines. Also the sub is known not to have an advanced system to guide homing weapons.
North Korea's non-homing torpedoes include the Type 53-59 and Type 53-56, which were built in Russia and exported to China and North Korea.
On Sunday, a civilian-military team temporarily concluded that a massive air bubble shockwave, caused by a proximity explosion below the Cheonan's hull, split the ship in two.
``After a visual examination of the inside and outside of the broken section, we've concluded that there must have been an underwater explosion,'' Yoon Duk-yong, co-head of the 130-member investigation team, said.
``Given the appearance, moreover, it is most likely to have been a non-contact explosion, not a contact blast,'' said Yoon, a professor emeritus at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). ``The exact location and power of the explosion will be discovered through further analysis and simulations.''
魚 is pronounced as 'eo' in Korean.
so what are they going to do about it? my prediction...nothing
They have a new euphemism: 'mature response.'
The phrase of 'mature response' is being circulated in some folks in SK officials and U.S. military.
“so what are they going to do about it? my prediction...nothing”
Well they could run around in a panic but I don’t think thats the best option
“The phrase of ‘mature response’ is being circulated in some folks in SK officials and U.S. military. “
I hope the response is appropriate, there are millions of lives at stake after all.
Correction: some folks in the circle of SK officials and U.S. military
so what are they going to do about it? <<<
Let’s talk about it!! Besides they have nukes! So what if they start sinking our ships!/sar
They need a real ass kicking IMO
There has never really been any question about who did the dirty deed, has there? It’s not like the ROK has a lot of different enemies.
What, if anything, they are willing to do about it is another question.
They had high hope that squeezed NK would come to the negotiation table and reach some kind of 'grand bargain' which would be spinned as immense political achievement.
Now Chia Head ruined it for them. To Chia Head, SK lefties are no more than cannon fodders.
“Mature response” = “Thank you sir, may I have another?”
This headline should read "NK Heavy Torpedoes Blamed for Act of War"
Could always lay down a carpet of underwater mines at the NLL.
Act of war? How can it an act of war if North and South Korea are still at a state of war? The Korean war only stopped with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.
haha...actually a great point and very true. I was trying to indicate this incident should not be described as a "disaster". Thanks !