This is North Korea’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile

PYONGYANG, KOMPAS.comNorth Korea show ballistic missiles between continents ( ICBM), in a military parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Korean Party.

The ICBM was carried in a transporter erector launche (TEL) vehicle around Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, in an event allegedly held in the early hours of the morning.

The TEL used to transport the latest missile has 22 wheels, indicating that this weapon is the largest owned by North Korea.

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In fact, Ankit Panda of the US Federation of Scientists declared the missile “the largest liquid-fuel portable weapon”.

In comparison, the Hwasong-15 which is intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea’s best today is driven by 18-wheel-length TELs.

Both local officials and scientists claimed as reported Yonhap Saturday (10/10/2020), the longer the missile, the farther it flies.

The Hwasong-15 is reported to have a range of up to 12,874 kilometers, making it possible to reach all major US mainland.

Pyongyang also has two other ICBM types, namely the Hwasong-13 which can travel up to 5,500 km and the Hwasong-14 with a range of 10,058.

It’s just that based on expert information, the missiles on display at the military parade cannot carry various types of warheads.

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It can be seen from the pointy tip. To transport a different warhead, experts say that the shape of the weapon must be rounder.

“A deeper analysis must be carried out to determine whether it is the latest development of the Hwasong-15, or even the Hwasong-16,” said the South Korean Joint Staff Office.

Apart from the ICBM, North Korea also exhibited a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), which was named Pukguksong-4.

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in the New Year’s speech already stated, they would introduce “new strategic weapons”.

Kim, who was wearing a gray suit, said they would continue to strengthen themselves for “self-defense and deterrence.”

“If you don’t have the strength, you have to wipe away the tears and blood flowing with your boxing head,” Kim was quoted as saying. AFP.

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One Response

  1. The Hwasong-15 had the same ablative nose with blow out panels for a solid propellant upper stage. The earlier Hwasong-15 was designed for the 1Mt “peanut” device tested at Punggye-ri in September 2017. What is different in this new Hwasong-16 is the booster’s volume meaning it has greater throw weight. That implies greater range, greater loft during flight, or potentially a warhead exceeding 1 Megaton

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