New Russian submarine test fires intercontinental missile for first time

October 30, 2019 — Reuters reports: “Russia’s most advanced new nuclear-powered submarine test- launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time and hit a target thousands of kilometres away, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

The test was carried out while the Borei-class vessel was submerged and comes amid arms control tensions between Moscow and the West following the demise of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear pact that has sparked fears of a burgeoning arms race.

The launch was conducted in the White Sea off Russia’s north with a dummy payload reaching a test site in the Far East Russian region of Kamchatka, the ministry said.

The Knyaz Vladimir submarine is the first upgraded 955A model to be produced in the Borei class of Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

It will enter service with Russia’s Northern Fleet at the end of this year once it has completed trials including weapons tests, the fleet’s commander, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev said according to TASS news agency…”  (Despite modern technological advances, submarines are still difficult to track.  Some cutting-edge U.S. submarines are only 5 decibels louder than average ocean background noises. 

Nuclear war is coming – “Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.” This conflict called Armageddon is described in Revelation 9:14 – 18.  See the next three reports.)

Extensive Russian submarine operation in North Atlantic

October 30, 2019 — SpaceWar.com reports: “Russia has sent about 10 submarines into the North Atlantic in the largest such operation since the end of the Cold War, the Norwegian military said on Tuesday.

Since last week, the Russian submarines — based on the Kola Peninsula in Russia’s far north — have been dispatched for manoeuvres in the Atlantic Ocean, according to information from the Norwegian Intelligence Service, first reported by broadcaster NRK and later confirmed to AFP.

‘There’s a lot of activity in the North Atlantic at the moment and Norway together with other NATO states are monitoring with air and surface capabilities,’ Brynjar Stordal, a spokesman for the Norwegian armed forces, told AFP.

This is the largest operation of its kind conducted by Russia ‘since the end of the Cold War by the number of assets operating at the same time,’ he added.

According to sources cited by NRK, the Russian submarines, which all left their base in submerged mode, are seeking to reach as far into the Atlantic as possible — ideally waters west of Greenland — without being detected…”

North Korea fires ballistic missile, possibly from submarine, days before talks

October 2, 2019 — Reuters reports: “North Korea fired what may have been a submarine-launched ballistic missile from off its east coast on Wednesday, a day after it announced the resumption of talks with the United States on ending its nuclear program.

If confirmed, it would be the most provocative test by North Korea since it started the talks with the United States in 2018. Analysts said it was likely a reminder by Pyongyang of the weapons capability it had been aggressively developing as it gears up for the new round of talks…”

North Korea says missile test was ‘new’ submarine-based launch

October 3, 2019 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “North Korea says its latest weapons test was of a submarine-launched ballistic missile that marked a ‘new phase’ in its defence capability, just days before the resumption of stalled nuclear talks with the US.

The test was by far the most provocative since Pyongyang first began a dialogue with Washington in 2018, and marked a significant step in North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, analysts said.

A proven submarine-based missile capability would take the North’s arsenal to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula and a second-strike capability in the event of an attack on its military bases.

‘The new-type ballistic missile was fired in vertical mode’ on Wednesday in the waters off Wonsan Bay, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, identifying the weapon as a Pukguksong-3.

‘The successful new-type SLBM test-firing comes to be of great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat,’ it added…”