North Korea has paraded elements of what appears to be a new road-mobile short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system equipped with missiles that are similar in appearance to those that can be used by the Russian 9K720 Iskander-M system.
Six apparent transport-erector-launchers (TELs) belonging to the new SRBM system were paraded, along with other military equipment, during a military parade held on 8 February in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army. Each TEL is based on a four-axle vehicle that carries two missiles similar in appearance to the 9M723 and 9M723-1 missiles used by the Iskander-M system.
The event, which took place a day before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, also marked the first time that North Korea paraded its Hwaseong-14 and Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
Four Hwaseong-15s were shown on nine-axle TELs. Pyongyang first test-fired the two-stage, liquid-fuelled ICBM on 29 November 2017, when it reached an altitude of 4,475 km and flew a linear distance of 950 km before coming down in the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea), according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
At the time Pyongyang claimed that the missile was “capable of striking anywhere in the United States”, and pointed out that the development of the weapon system marked the completion of its nuclear-capable missile force.
Several Hwaseong-14s were also shown being carried on transporters rather than TELs.
The first known launch of the Hwaseong-14 took place on 4 July 2017 when it reached an altitude of 2,802 km and flew a linear distance of 933 km before falling in the Sea of Japan. During a second launch on 28 July, the Hwaseong-14 reached an altitude of 3,725 km and flew a linear distance of 998 km before coming down, according to the KCNA: an indication that the missile should be able to achieve a nominal range of more than 10,000 km.
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