Military


Korean People's Army Navy Equipment*

1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2013 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel (In Thousands) 86 86 111 111 111 120 120 120 120 120
Active 46 46 46 46 46 60 60 60 60 60
Reserve 40 40 65 65 65 60 60 60 60 60
Ships Source Length (m)+ Year Inventory
Submarines and Semi-Submersibles 74+ 90+ 92+ 91+ 76+ 78+ 86+ 76+ 76+ 76+
Golf SSG USSR 98.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Type-031 / Romeo SS PRC / DPRK 76.6 1973 25 22 22 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Whiskey (Proj 636) SS USSR 76 1974 4 4 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
U/I SSC DPRK 41 197? 1 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
K-300 SSC DPRK 39 200? -- -- -- -- -- 2+ 10? 20? 20? 20?
Sang-O SSC DPRK 34 1991 -- 19 21 26 26 28 28 28 28 28
P-4 SSM DPRK 29 19?? 10 10 10 10 7 5 5 -- -- --
Yugo SSM DPRK 20 1965 26 26 26 26 15 15 15 -- -- --
U/I SSI DPRK ~12.8 19? + + + + + + + + + +
SILC SSI DPRK ~10 1985 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+
Corvettes 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Najin DPRK 102.1 1973 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Soho DPRK 73.8 1983 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Fast-Attack craft 177 201 190 96 96 96 96 96 96 96
Soju Mod Osa DPRK 42.1 1981 12 14 14 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Osa-I / Huangfeng Proj 205 USSR / PRC 38.6 1968 12 12 12 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Shershen Proj 206 USSR 34.7 1973 3 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Sohung Mod Komar DPRK 25.6 1980 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Komar Proj 183R USSR 25.5 1972 10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
P-6 Proj 183 USSR 25.5 1957 24 24 24 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Sinpo Mod P-6 DPRK 25.4 197? 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Sinnam DPRK 24.8 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Sin Hung DPRK 19.8 197? 92 124 113 63 63 63 63 63 63 63
P-4 Proj 123 USSR / DPRK 19.3 1958 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Patrol, Offshore 44 50 43 14 8 8 8 8 8 8
Tral (Proj 59) USSR 62 1955 2 2 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Sariwon Mod Tral DPRK 61.5 1965 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Taechong I / II DPRK 60.2 / 60.8 1975 12 12 11 6 -- -- -- -- -- --
Mayang DPRK 60 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Hainan Hainan PRC 58.8 1975 6 6 6 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Chodo DPRK 42.7 195? 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Chong-Ju DPRK 42.6 199? -- 6 6 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
SO-1 USSR / DPRK 42 1957 18 18 16 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Patrol Craft, Inshore 14 14 14 ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Shanghai II Shanghai II PRC 38.8 1967 14 14 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
K-48 DPRK 38.1 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Shantou DPRK 25 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Yongdo DPRK 16.3 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Patrol Craft, Fast 111 114 103 32 32 32 32 32 32 32
Chong-Jin DPRK 26 1975 45 52 51 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Chaho DPRK 26 1974 66 62 52 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
Kimjin DPRK 18 19?? -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

Mine Warfare

Mine Warfare 23 23 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
Mine Countermeasures 23 23 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19
Yukto I / II MSI DPRK 24 / 21 198? 23 23 20 19 19 19 19 19 19 19

Amphibious Warfare

Amphibious Warfare 265 276 276 115 115 115 115 115 115 115
Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 17 17 17 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Hantae DPRK 47 198? 8 8 8 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Hanchon DPRK 35.7 19?? 9 9 9 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Landing Vessels (LCM) 18 18 18 ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Hungnam DPRK 17 19?? 18 18 18 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Landing Craft, Personnel (LCP) 130 107 107 67 67 67 67 67 67 67
Nampo DPRK 26 19?? + + + + + + + + + +
Nampo A/B DPRK 17 19?? + + + + + + + + + +
Hand Grenade US 14.6 - 11.6 1993 -- 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Air Cushion Landing Craft (ACVP) 100 134 134 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
Kong Bang DPRK 23 - 18.5 198? 100 134 134 40 40 40 40 40 40 40

Auxiliaries

Support Ships 1+ 1+ 1+ 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
"Mother Ship" AS DPRK Var 19?? 1+ 1+ 1+ 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Rescue Ships 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Kowan DPRK 84 198? 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Tugs 2 2 2 2 ... ... ... ... ... ...
ATA DPRK 19?? 2 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Survey Ships ... 4 4 4 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Ocean AGHS DPRK 199? -- 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
Inshore AGHS DPRK 199? -- 3 3 3 -- -- -- -- -- --
Intelligence Ships + + + + 14 14 14 14 14 14
"Trawlers" AGI DPRK 19?? + + + + 14 14 14 14 14 14

Coastal Defense

Coastal Defense Guns + + + + + + + + + +
152mm M-1937 / ML-20 USSR + + + + + + + + + +
130mm SM-4-1 USSR + + + + + + + + + +
122mm A-19 / M-1937 / -31 USSR + + + + + + + + + +
Coastal Defense Missiles + + + + + + + + + +
CSS-C-2 Silkworm PRC + + + + + + + + + +

Notes

    * - There is considerable discrepancy between sources as to what ships of the Korean People's Navy are actually operational. For example, the authoritative IISS The Military Balance lists many ships in their totals that other sources report have long since been stricken and that open source satellite imagery suggest sit at various KPA Navy facilities incapable of being put to sea. This table attempts to list ships that are or were operational at the time indicated, but there is always the possibility that the KPA Navy might be able to put ships that are out of service back into service in some capacity.

    + - Other equipment tables list ship displacement. In the case of the Korean People's Army Navy length is a more useful measure, specifically for trying to determine ships in satellite imagery.




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