With the pathetically humiliating failure of North Korea´s missile launch in the wake of a very big puffy buildup, the shark tank must be working overtime over in Pyongyang. You wouldn´t want to be one of the North Korean minions who worked on that wretched fizzle-out that has humiliated the vicious little dictator on the world stage. He gets mean when the world is laughing. And what a coincidence, it happened as Vice President Pence makes his way to South Korea. And more interesting still, an intriguing leak of sorts has come to light: That the U.S. hacked the launch, ensuring its
Comments: Might not even matter if it´s true - Kim is going to get his shark tank going.
Seems a bit unlikely, but perhaps. If so it would be a master stroke.
These rockets are stone age hardware, a modest improvement on the Soviet Scud, which is literally a souped up V-2 missile, designed by Von Braun for the Nazis, and used against London in WW2.
The NorKs may have added computerize guidance and control systems as their upgrade, and if so, they certainly are susceptible to this sort of attack.
If the NorKs did add computers, given their non-existent tech base, they could never build the chips needed, so it would be logical to use a western commercial programmable logic controller (PLC), essentially a computer and operating system on a board, used in all kinds of industrial control applications and easy to program. These are eminently hackable, if you can obtain access. This is exactly how we wrecked the Iranian uranium enrichment centrifuges.
The rocket hardware is not much beyond the technology of 1950s, but adding a commercial PLC may be what they are doing to improve what are very crude, ancient designs. If this is their "advancement", we may have them "by the short and curlies".
Sounds like fun and ought to drive them totally bonkers, too.
If the press ask PDJT if there was any American "input" into this Nork launch failure, I hope he says to them: "Why don´t you wonder about that?" leaving open the possibility that maybe we did do something. And might do it again. Why should we ordinary citizens know the answer to this question? It´s not for us to know. Wherever possible, keep enemies guessing. Obama didn´t understand that (or wanted them to know our secrets); Trump definitely does understand.
It is good that the theory of American intervention is floated.
L´il Lard Butt can wonder, as he dreams up ever more horrific ways to off his lackeys, if those eveel Yankees can actually do stuff like that. Or even worse, the ChiComms. After all, Illary would have sold them the technology if it exists.
It would be fun to let his imagination run wild then flash a red laser on his large butt after the next missile launch. Incoming!
Whether the US did hack the launch is immaterial. The NorKs would only need allege such sabotage for an excuse to start the shooting. They won´t right now, but I expect to see it listed among their grievances as a sovereign nation just trying to defend itself from American aggression...especially after the Vinson battle group stations off its shore.
We have a very effective airborne laser in service which punched a hole in the fuel tank of a rocket in boost phase, just to show them what type accuracy we have. Never underestimate the power of the U.S. of A.
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