Inside North Korea’s Special Forces : The North Korea Nightmare
military update news inside North Korea’s Special Forces the North Korea nightmare Kim’s elite force or paper tiger one of the most vital parts of North Korea’s or machine is one that realized the most on so-called soldier power skills north korea has likely the largest Special Forces organization in the world numbering 200,000 men and women trained in unconventional warfare Pyongyang’s commandos are trained to operate throughout the Korean Peninsula and possibly beyond to present an asymmetric threat to its enemies for decades North Korea maintained an impressive all arms force of everything from tanks to mechanized infantry artillery airborne forces and special forces the country’s conventional forces facing a long flight after the end of the Cold War have faced equipment armed Celestin supply shortages for example North Korea has very few tanks based on the 1970s Soviet t-72 and most are still derivatives of the 1960s era t-62 the rest of Pyongyang’s armored cores are in a similar predicament making them decidedly inferior to u.s.
And South Korean forces in response North Korea has upped the importance of its Special Forces the country maintains 25 Special Forces and special-purpose brigades and five Special Forces battalions designed to undertake missions from frontline DMZ assault to parachute and assassination missions the light infantry training guidance Bureau part of the Korean People’s Army functions as a kind of analog to US Special Operations Command coordinating the Special Forces of the Army Army Air Force and Korean People’s Navy of North Korea’s 200-thousand commandos approximately 150,000 belong to light infantry units for mobile their front-line mission is to infiltrate or flank enemy lines to envelop or mount rear attacks on enemy forces north korea’s hilly terrain lends itself to such tactics as does the network of tunnels that the country has dug that cross the dmz in a number of places eleven of North Korea’s Special Forces brigades our lives in two tree brigades and there are smaller light infantry units embedded with an individual and kei combat divisions a further three brigades are special-purpose airborne infantry the 38th forty-eight and fifty-eight Airborne Brigade operate much like the 82nd Airborne Division conducting strategic operations including airborne drops to seize critical terrain and infrastructure n kPa airborne forces would likely target enemy airfields South Korean government buildings and key roads and highways to prevent their sabotage each brigade is organized into six airborne infantry battalions with a total strength of 3500 unlike the 82nd however n kPa airborne brigades are unlikely to operate at the battalion level or higher and due to what a lack of long-range transport cannot operate beyond the Korean Peninsula in addition North Korea has an estimated eight sniper brigades three for the People’s Army 1760s and 61st brigades three for the Army Air Force 11th 16th and 21st brigades and two for the people’s Navy 29 291st each consists of approximately 3,500 men organized into seven to ten sniper battalions these units fulfill a broad variety of roles and are roughly analogous to US Army Rangers US Special Forces and Navy SEALs unlike their American counterparts it appears from these units are capable of fighting as conventional airborne Air Assault or naval infantry sniper brigades are trained in strategic reconnaissance in so-called direct-action missions including assassination missions raids against high level targets military and economic targets sabotage disruption of South Korea’s reserve system covertly delivery of weapons of mass disruption including possibly radiological weapons and organizing anti-government urilla campaigns in South Korea they will frequently be dressed in civilian South Korean military or a US military uniforms one platoon of 30 to 40 troops per Army sniper brigade consists solely of women trained to conduct combat operations dressed as civilians finally the reconnaissance Bureau maintains four separate reconnaissance battalions highly trained in organized these 500 men battalions are trained to lead in an army chorus through the hazardous DMZ they likely have intimate and highly classified knowledge of both friendly and enemy defenses in the Demilitarized Zone a 5th battalion is reportedly organized for out-of-country operations Special Forces are generally meant to operate behind enemy lines and North Korean ploys considerable though often obsolete means of getting them there for ground forces one obvious means of infiltrating South Korea is through the 160 mile long and to five mile wide DMZ undiscovered cross-border tunnels are another means by sea pyongyang has the ability to deliver an estimated 5,000 troops in a single lift using everything from commercial vessels to normal class landing craft its fleet of 130 Kong ban class harbour craft and sango coastal submarines and Giano midget submarines on air North Korea has a notional fleet of 200 elderly and two Col short takeoff and landing transports capable of flying low and slow to avoid radar each and – can carry up to 12 commandos lending on unimproved surfaces or parachuting them on their targets the regime also has a fleet of about 250 transport helicopters mostly Soviet bloc in origin an age but also including illicitly acquired hughes 500 md series helicopters similar to those flown by the republic of korea pyongyang also appears been to acquire modern long-distance transports such as this aircraft manufactured in new zealand aircraft such as poppy 750 XS tol would allow North Korean special forces to reach as far as Japan and Okinawa both of which would serve us forward bases for US forces in wartime in the event of war North Korea would likely launch dozens of separate attacks throughout South Korea from the DMZ to the southern port abusing whether or not these forces can make our way through Seoul’s considerable air and sea defenses is another question valley’s passes and waterways that could be used by low-flying aircraft and watercraft are already covered with everything from air defense guns to anti-tank guided missiles given proper warning South Korean defenders would inflict heavy losses on North Korean commandos on the weight their objectives North Korean special forces have evolved from a nuisance force designed to stage attacks in the enemies we are in to something far more dangerous their ability to distribute nuclear chemical biological or radiological weapons could if successful kill thousands of civilians they have even trained to attack and destroy a replica of the blue house the official resident of the South Korean precedent although many would undoubtedly die on route to their destination once on the ground their training toughness and political indoctrination make them formidable adversaries this story was originally published by the national interest ..
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