In preparation for the possibility of war with North Korea, South Korea is preparing graphite bombs – or “blackout bombs” – which would paralyze North Korea’s electrical power plants when deployed, according to reports.
As South Korea seeks a way to defend itself against an attack by Pyongyang, they’re developing blackout bombs to prevent loss of life. Blackout bombs work by releasing a cloud of very fine chemically treated carbon filaments. When the filaments are deployed over electrical components, they act like a cloud and cause short circuits in the equipment.
Blackout bombs were used by the United States in Iraq during the 1990 Gulf War, the first instance of their use. They have since been developed by South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development, reportedly as an element of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program.
“All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD have been secured,” a South Korean military official said, according to Yonhap news agency. “It is at the stage where we can build the bombs at any time.”
Graphite bombs should work well against targets in North Korea, according to analysts, as the North’s power grid and equipment are likely to be older and not insulated.
There are “three pillars” to South Korea’s national defense strategy. The Kill Chain program was designed to detect, identify and intercept the incoming missile. The Korea Air and Missile Defense system is next, used for lower-tier defense against inbound missiles.
The last component is the Korea Massive Punishment & Retaliation plan, which would see Seoul launching attacks against leadership targets in North Korea. The plan would be implemented if South Korea detects signs of nuclear weapon deployment.
South Korea advanced the development of its “three pillars” by as much as three years, as fears about nuclear and missile development programs underway in the North have escalated.
According to new reports, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un may be preparing to test a new missile launch Monday night, to coincide with the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S. A Russian lawmaker warned last week that Kim was prepping another launch “in the nearest future.”
North Korea’s dictator tends to schedule weapons tests during American holidays, having launched the country’s first ICBM on the 4th of July, calling it a “gift for the American b*tches.”
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