North Korea's latest hovercraft-type battleship has been spotted by satellite for the very first time.
Seoul-based news channel YTN reported on Wednesday that a 34 m-long vessel equipped with 30- and 57-mm cannons was caught in a satellite photograph off the North's Daedong River, near Nampo in South Pyongan Province.
An improved version of a hovercraft built to assist Pyongyang's special forces in carrying out a possible invasion of South Korea, the ship is twice the length of the North's earlier military hovercrafts.
In addition to some 130 wartime hovercrafts of about 17 to 20 m in length which the North Korean military has anchored off both the east and west coasts, a whopping 37 m-long air-cushion vehicle was also seen docked at Wonsan port in the East Sea.
Supported by a cushion of air, hovercrafts can move over land, ice and water, as well as mudflats and swamps.