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Narco sumbarino Señora Escobar

Narco sumbarino Señora Escobar

- Senor Escobar had great confidence in you. This load is more expensive than you, your home and your family combined.

“Oh, rest assured, rest assured,” Senor Garcia began to frown in fright, “preparation for the operation took a long twenty months, but the transition itself will take less than twenty days. Everything is ready with us. Recruited crew of the most experienced people on the coast.

“Is that your Ballena?”

Representatives of the drug cartel looked at each other and stared in bewilderment at the blue-green oblong design that looked like a dead whale.

“Eres un maldito comekosos,” the senior visitor said shortly, lifted his trouser leg, and unbuttoned his holster with a pistol.

- No, please listen, seniors! - Old Garcia in despair threw up his hands to heaven. - In the name of all the saints! Work done for the glory. This is a super ship that can reach California in three weeks. The deck of this boat rises just a few centimeters above the water - it is practically undetectable by Coast Guard radars. "Ballen" will not hear the sonar. Externally, it looks like a large shark or whale, and in a storm completely merges with the ocean. Inside installed an automatic navigation system. Two diesel engines disperse the boat in a semi-submerged state to six knots. Cooled exhaust. Folding design! The vessel can be secretly delivered by three trucks to any point of the coast for loading and sailing.

- Your ###! - Senior Senior enthusiastically pulled on a cigar and spat on the white beach sand. - This is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

“When Ballena gets to the US coast,” the mechanic Garcia smiled sadly, “the baby will have to be flooded.” The sea will forever absorb my one-time masterpiece.

- Finish gab. Prepare the "Ballen" to be launched.

- What, right now?

- There is no need to waste time. Call your amigos, load 10 tons of powder. The boat should go to sea before dawn.

... Alas, hapless seafarers failed to get to California. 23 August 2007, a self-made, semi-submerged ship, packed with cocaine, was intercepted by a US Coast Guard corvette 120 miles west of the Mexican coast.

Repin's painting "Sailed" - rowed all night, but they forgot to untie the boat! USCGC Midgett Coast Guard Cutter Welcomes More Sailors

- Not! - yelled old Garcia with his hands tied, when lumps of mud fell on his head. - I know another way: you can tow the capsule behind the stern of a conventional trawler. So it will be generally imperceptible ...

But no one listened to him. Heart-rending screams gradually subsided under a thick layer of earth: amigo did not justify the trust of Señor Escobar.

Short facts and statistics

According to official data, the volume of drug traffic from Colombia to North America is 550 tons of cocaine per year. Two thirds of all shipments go across the Pacific Ocean on home-made drug submarines and semi-submerged ships. News about the discovery of another “submarine” wreck off the coast of Mexico or the United States is no longer surprising to official authorities. More than 80 cases of such “transportation” of cocaine are registered annually. The transcontinental scheme with “white death” supplies works like a clock.

Each discovered sample of vehicles of drug couriers amazes experts with its sophisticated imagination and technical perfection. The local Colombian Kulibins thought through every detail: modular design, air conditioning system, periscopes, night vision cameras, electrochemical protection of the hull from corrosion, a radio station, inertial navigation aids and autopilot, the crew of the 2-3 man, the range of the order of 5000 km!

Sailor columbus

Mini submarines are not amenable to effective detection: their background noise is too low. The semi-submerged body made of fiberglass is not traced by radars and is difficult to detect visually against the background of ocean waves. The most advanced of them are able to dive a few meters deep, imitating the behavior of whales, whose migration routes just run along the west coast of Mexico and the United States. A whole supply chain is deployed along the route of the narcosubmarin - fishing boats and small yachts scurrying around in the ocean that provide the boat with fuel, fresh water and food.

The cost of building one submarine is estimated at several hundred thousand dollars ("advanced" samples cost two million and more) - and such a "boat" will certainly flood at the end of the route. A “crew” recruited from local fishermen will receive an average of three thousand dollars per person at the end of the voyage. But the end justifies the means: for its first and only successful voyage, the boat delivers a “cargo” worth about a billion dollars to the coast of North America!

Like the rest of life, drug traffic is subject to the influence of new technologies. Not so long ago, the US Coast Guard issued a disturbing statement about the appearance of unmanned (!) Sea vehicles intended to deliver drugs across the ocean.

Colombian "nanotechnology"

Despite the apparent absurdity of the submerged boats, “balancing” on the border of two environments, they are finding more and more success with customers, and, therefore, the idea is not as stupid as it is commonly believed. A low-seating vessel with a minimum side height demonstrates moderate secrecy combined with a minimum cost. The most suitable tool for conducting covert operations with a criminal bias.

However, many drug cartels prefer to work in the old fashioned way: a towed cocaine capsule is attached to a trawler or tourist yacht and quietly set off to the shores of the United States, without the slightest suspicion of the true purpose of the voyage. At the slightest danger, the crew records the coordinates and cuts the towline (some of the “torpedoes” are specially equipped with a radio beacon in case of such force majeure). After passing the inspection, the vessel will return to the specified point, scuba divers will find a “torpedo” in the shallow water and continue their journey to their destination.

However, the scope of semi-submerged boats is not limited to South America. On the other side of the Earth craftsmen are building no less interesting "masterpieces".

Surface-submarines for military purposes

In the 1983 year, as a result of the next military clash off the coast of the Korean Peninsula in the hands of the South Korean Navy was an unusual boat "Racoon". Light 9-meter construction made of wood and plastic with a displacement of 5 tons, capable of changing its own draft, almost completely hiding under water. The speed of the boat on the surface reached 40 nodes, in the semi-submerged state - 12 nodes. The purpose of the strange boat is the covert transfer of a diversionary group of five with a personal weapons and equipment to the coast of the enemy.

Nakhodka greatly alarmed the South Korean military, forcing the existing concepts of coastal protection to be revised. In the absence of high-tech weapons, full-fledged air forces and naval forces of the DPRK, they relied on special forces - hordes of fanatical “ninjas” with AK-74, perfected martial arts techniques and steel faith in victory. Here the fleet of numerous semi-submerged boats came in handy!

North Korean boat type SP-10 (SILC)

"Racoon" (or its more modern versions of the SP-10, Taedong-B or I-SILC) cost mere pennies compared to modern warships. At the same time, they have a good secrecy, allowing numerous special forces detachments to secretly penetrate the territory of South Korea and Japan.

Despite all their primitiveness, such means are a truly serious threat: to effectively counter half-submerged boats, the enemy will have to spend disproportionately large resources. And it’s far from the fact that the efforts will lead to the desired result - just look at the situation with the breakthrough of miniature narosubmarin to the coast of North America.

The idea of ​​semi-submerged boats was appreciated outside of North Korea. In 1996, two such boats manufactured by the DPRK purchased Vietnam. In 2002, another batch of weapons consisting of two mini-submarines and three semi-submerged boats ("Taedong-B and C") was delivered to Iran, which caused alarm to the US Navy.

18 December 1998, off the coast of the Korean Peninsula, was followed by another find: at sea, in 150 km southwest of Pusan, a new boat, the improved design Improved-SILC (I-SILC), was discovered. Nearby in the water was the body of a North Korean sailor (most likely, there was a short fire contact, which the official press release tactfully kept silent about: the boat of the North Korean Navy accidentally hit the South Korean frigate).

The modern modification of semi-submerged boats is capable of carrying two small-sized 324-mm torpedoes, which makes it possible to use them not only as sabotage, but also as shock weapons in the coastal zone.

Multi Role Combat Craft (MRCC)

It is not only rogue countries that are engaged in the creation of semi-submerged boats for the covert transfer of special forces. The idea aroused interest in the USA, where the MRCC and Sea Lion projects were developed (8-local landing craft with two inflatable boats in the aft compartment). Sweden has its own designs (project SDV) and Russia (diving boat DCE Seek Carrier 8 with a payload of 1200 kg).

If it comes to Russia, then our "Kulibin" is not equal - the question of creating semi-submerged hydrofoil missile boats (!) Was considered in our country as early as the 60 years (the 1231 project). The main difficulty consisted in combining the requirements for a light speed boat with a heavy waterproof hull for scuba diving. The question arose of the need to build such a large and technically complex ship in such an unusual scheme, suitable only for light boats of smugglers and saboteurs. In the end, the arguments of common sense prevailed, and further work on 1231 Ave was refused.

Project 1231 experienced small sinking rocket ship.
Surface displacement 400 tons. The speed at the surface position of 38 nodes. Armament - 2-4 PKR П-25

At the naval cabin Euronavale-2010, the French concern DCNS presented a similar concept of the light semi-submerged corvette SMX-25, created using modern technologies. However, despite its high secrecy and strange appearance, the SMX-25 was left unattended - corvettes, by definition, are designed to carry out sentinel services near their native shores. And no one is going to bother much about their design.

It should be noted that all projects of low-seating ships and boats go back to a single ancestor - the legendary battleship USS Monitor, created during the Civil War in the United States. The height of the “Monitor” was just the 0,6 meter, which made the ship difficult to detect and hardly vulnerable to enemy artillery. However, effective on the rivers and in the coastal zone, the monitors turned out to be unsuitable for conducting combat operations at sea. Waves flooded the ventilation pipes, gradually filling the ship with water and sending it to the bottom.

A low-hybrid hybrid scheme is not suitable for large ships, but is quite successful in artisanal conditions. What demonstrates the undoubted commercial success of semi-submerged boats from smugglers and sea lions.

SMX-25 French Concept

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  1. Igor39
    Igor39 13 February 2014 09: 04
    What they won’t do for profit of billions ...
    1. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 13 February 2014 16: 37
      Quote: Igor39
      What they won’t do for profit of billions ...

      I know for sure that nobody dug the constructor.
    2. SSR
      SSR 16 February 2014 23: 43
      Quote: Igor39
      What they won’t do for profit of billions ...

      Here is just a case of the maximum "commercial attractiveness".
  2. andrey682006
    andrey682006 13 February 2014 09: 09
    I wonder how effective the use of such babies for the destruction of aircraft carriers?
    1. Magellan
      Magellan 13 February 2014 10: 21
      Quote: andrey682006
      how effective is the use of such babies to destroy aircraft carriers?


      1. The warhead of a small torpedo (12,75 'or 324 mm) weighing 40-50 kg cannot pose a threat to large ships - it is 6-8 times less than the warhead of standard 533 mm torpedoes. On normal fleets, small torps. are used only to combat submarines (rocket torpedo equipment, aircraft based), where a "small hole" in the hull threatens to instantly flood the compartment.

      2. Boats perform well in covert operations (from point A to point B). But it is not possible to track down, catch and attack the AOG.
      1. luiswoo
        luiswoo 13 February 2014 19: 54
        Quote: Magellan
        1.BCh of a small torpedo (12,75 'or 324 mm) weighing 40-50 kg cannot pose a threat to large ships

        If sclerosis does not change, then 40-50 kg weighs 152 mm nuclear bomb ...
    2. Nayhas
      Nayhas 13 February 2014 10: 44
      Quote: andrey682006
      I wonder how effective the use of such babies for the destruction of aircraft carriers?

      There are practically no chances. Very low speed and autonomy.
      1. surovyi kot
        surovyi kot 13 February 2014 21: 06
        "Piranha" project 865 produced by the USSR with one cruise missile on board ... uhhh frightened "ov"!
  3. svp67
    svp67 13 February 2014 09: 55
    Each discovered model of drug courier vehicles amazes specialists with its sophisticated imagination and technical excellence.
    It is a pity that the talent of people to spend money on a not just cause ...
  4. Net
    Net 13 February 2014 10: 19
    By land, by the way, they also move in a peculiar way winked

  5. Magellan
    Magellan 13 February 2014 10: 28
    It would be necessary to order the construction of ships for the Russian Navy by the Colombian contra. Will make high quality, cheap and on time

    Photo-frigate "Gorshkov", January 2014. The eighth year of construction is underway (according to the plan, the ship was promised to be handed over to the fleet in 2010). The cost of the frigate exceeded half a billion dollars
    1. Blind
      Blind 13 February 2014 11: 55
      yes, Gorshkov’s situation is already beginning to resemble a circus .. and if you still remember how many years it’s been under construction (and it will be more than one year, apparently) Ivan Gren BDK, I think the naval ones will say another 20 years with a tear in their eyes to Medvedev thanks for the Mistrals bought from France .. we would have designed such ships for about 10 years and built as many more. And how much noise there was! Why do we need Mistral! Order our shipbuilders! We will build it for you in 5 years !! Built .. yeah ..
      1. Argon
        Argon 13 February 2014 13: 08
        An ordinary "boor" for democratic Russia, here I would remember about "managers" who need to be driven, but for the sake of truth I will say that in the USSR, too, with terms "not shine" was especially for ship repair. According to the content of the article, I will say that such semi-submerged platforms have some prospects in the field of coastal zone protection, but only in unmanned or temporarily inhabited versions, because. their conditions are very tough in terms of pitching and ventilation.
  6. Lk17619
    Lk17619 13 February 2014 10: 44
    Respect "kulibin")))) We need to give them stealth paint))). Let the USA foul further))))
  7. Nayhas
    Nayhas 13 February 2014 12: 08
    And all together!
    We all live in a narco submarine
    Narco submarine, narco submarine
    We all live in a narco submarine
    Narco submarine, narco submarine!

    No, come on ours!
    I'm a little horse ...
  8. Simple
    Simple 13 February 2014 14: 33
    Oleg welcome hi

    To complete the picture:
    1. Mister X
      Mister X 13 February 2014 22: 25
      Quote: Simple
      To complete the picture:

      At the Euronaval-2012 exhibition, they have already presented the third concept of a submarine for work in coastal waters: SMX-26.

      Estimated dimensions of the submarine: length 40 meters, width 16 meters.
      They proposed to equip the concept with retractable chassis:
      in order to be able to approach the coast as close as possible without surfacing.

  9. Kir
    Kir 13 February 2014 18: 31
    Once on TV there was a series of "narco wars" and one of the Colombian Amigos, so clearly everything and said that he was not able to fight directly with the United States, so We will do them that way, one problem is that they also poison their own, but so .. ... what will happen to the USA.
    As for the DPRK, honestly infa pleases, at least by the fact that they are trying to asymmetrically respond to challenges, and the expression of the horde ...... sorry, I think an abomination, People are ready to die not for money. a For the Idea. and this is, forgive me, worthy of respect, as well as the "cool" in the role of catching up on the topic.
    1. Santa Fe
      13 February 2014 21: 35
      Quote: Kir
      horde expression ...... sorry I think an abomination, People are not ready to die for moshna. but for the idea. and it’s sorry worthy of respect

      29 and 30 last December two ubl @ dka blew up Volgograd. Not for Moshna, but for the Idea.
      Worthy of respect?

      Not for Moshna, but for the Idea!

      The slogan "For an Idea" is worthy of respect when "Idea" contributes to the movement of Humanity forward - to new achievements, discoveries, and an increase in the common good in the world. "For life on Earth" - under such a banner our grandfathers fought against fascism

      What are the subjects of the winged horse Juche fighting for? For the eternal leader of comrade Kim Jong (Sen, Ina, Una)? For the continuation of obscurantism? Hordes of semi-literate, fooled by their own ruler fanatics living in their closed embittered little world. Nobody told them a terrible secret:

      Two Koreas from space. It is curious that at the same time a hydroelectric power station is depicted on the coat of arms of the DPRK!

      PS The regime of the Kim family would have died long ago without the "brotherly help" of China, which is not profitable for the unification of Koreans and the emergence of an extra economic competitor - it is China that is the main and only supplier of coal and oil to the DPRK
      1. Kir
        Kir 13 February 2014 21: 45
        Everything in the heap is disrespectful to you, and People are dying or dying for the Idea, and people like you serving the culling of humanity, the United States and the satellites, are dying.
        1. Santa Fe
          13 February 2014 21: 53
          Your iq is smaller than your shoe size.

          The conversation is over
      2. Santa Fe
        13 February 2014 21: 45
        Not for Moshna, but for the Idea!

        On November 29, 1987, a South Korean Boeing 707 with 115 passengers on board disappeared over the jungle of Burma.

        In the area of ​​the border with Thailand on the flight from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok, communication with the plane was suddenly interrupted. Air officials said the four-engined Boeing was blown up. Otherwise, the pilot would be able to land or send a message to the ground about a problem on board. Ten days of searching in the impenetrable jungle yielded no results.

        The news of the Boeing disaster had not yet made it onto the front pages of newspapers when the direct perpetrators of the terrorist attack were detained at the airport of Manama, the capital of Bahrain.

        While checking documents with passengers flying to Rome, the airport employee drew attention to a strange couple - an elderly Japanese man and his girlfriend. The police detained them for a more thorough examination of the documents.

        The old man was visibly nervous. He asked permission to smoke. The policeman didn't mind. The Japanese took out a cigarette and suddenly gripped it with his teeth. It turned out that an ampoule with potassium cyanide was hidden in the filter of a Marlboro cigarette. His companion also tried to take the poison, but a vigilant police officer managed to snatch the already eaten ampoule literally from the detainee's mouth.

        According to Kim Hyun-hee, the goal of the attack is the desire to disrupt the 1988 Olympic Games of the year in Seoul. She began to testify after she saw that they were treating her very well and realized what a tragic mistake she had made.

        On 7 on March 1988 in Seoul, a trial was held that, based on the testimony of Kim Hyun-hee (aka Kim Ok-Hwa, aka Mayumi) and an examination of fragments of the plane that one of the Thai fishermen caught from the bottom of the Andaman Sea, sentenced her to death. Two years later, the death sentence was canceled by South Korean President Ro Dae-woo.

        And in 1994, the biography of Kim Hyun Hee (the real name of the terrorist) was already on sale in the United States. “I know that people will read this as my confession and if they don’t forgive, then at least sympathize,” said a woman who went through prison. She really wanted to come to the US to help sell her bestseller. However, the US government did not give her an entry visa.

        More details -


        For the Idea!
  10. rezident
    rezident 13 February 2014 18: 32
    Original. The next step will be made completely submarines.
    1. Kir
      Kir 13 February 2014 18: 38
      But the Kolymbians already have them, they even somehow showed them on TV, and with careful reading of the article there is an indication of their reality, or are you talking about those submarines that can move under water for a long time and with the possibility of diving hundreds of meters?
      1. Alex 241
        Alex 241 13 February 2014 21: 54

        Quote: Kir
        And the Kolymbians already have them, they even somehow showed them on TV
        1. Kir
          Kir 13 February 2014 23: 17
          On TV they showed the "Flying Dutchman" - a submarine without a crew found in the waters of the United States, and from your 2 collection "blue is good even now in a fantastic film.
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    4. Mister X
      Mister X 14 February 2014 00: 56
      Quote: rezident
      Original. The next step will be made completely submarines.

      The "secret weapon" of the drug cartels.
      Subtle ships that are divided into 3 type:
      - semi-submersible boats
      - submarines
      - drug torpedoes

  11. Tihas
    Tihas 13 February 2014 19: 24
    Quote: Magellan
    It would be necessary to order the construction of ships for the Russian Navy by the Colombian contra. Will make high quality, cheap and on time

    When the Ballena reaches the US coast, the mechanic Garcia smiled sadly, “the baby will have to be flooded.” The sea will forever swallow my one-time masterpiece.
    And right there
    ... Mini submarines cannot be detected efficiently: they have too low background noise. A semi-submersible fiberglass hull is not detected by radar and is difficult to detect visually against the background of ocean waves. The most advanced of them are able to dive several meters deep, simulating the behavior of whales ...
    ... modular design, air conditioning system, periscopes, night vision cameras, electrochemical corrosion protection of the hull, radio station, inertial navigation aids and autopilot, 2-3 crew, cruising range of about 5000 km! ...

    I doubt something in the engineering talents of the Colombian peasants, no offense will be told to them.
    I think it was not without Russian engineers.
    1. Kir
      Kir 13 February 2014 19: 27
      So in Latin America. that ours, that the Germans. so maybe someone helped.
  12. Roman 1977
    Roman 1977 14 February 2014 01: 49
    No, the coolest mini-submarine in Latin America was created of course by the Cubans ...

    But the creation of a gloomy Juche genius about stealth technology (make and type of ship are unknown)

    the Japanese write: length 35 meters, weight about 250 tons, speed 50 knots, radar absorbing coating, bow 53 or 57 mm, aft 30 mm
    here is another example: Type "B" - Semi-submersible high-speed landing craft, one copy in 2001 fell into the hands of the Japanese

    1. Kir
      Kir 14 February 2014 02: 29
      Well done, that those that others !!! The countries are isolated, but they are doing what they are doing! But I don’t understand one thing that the Koreans have metric measures, they seem to have their own, the source of the picture of the "model" is which of Koreas?
  13. dmitrij.blyuz
    dmitrij.blyuz 14 February 2014 15: 51
    And laughter and sin. There is more serious.
    1. Kir
      Kir 14 February 2014 16: 36
      Excuse me, but how does the frigate relate to the topic, and the topic doesn’t seem to cause a smile now, maybe there isn’t such a level of development, but who knows what it will result in in the future?