North Korea aiding Syria to upgrade Scud D capability
By Robin Hughes
A co-operative missile development programme between North Korea and Syria has recently gained momentum through a project to upgrade Syrian Scud D surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) with a manoeuvring re-entry vehicle (MaRV) capability, according to IHS Jane's sources.
In marked disregard of UN sanctions (Resolutions 1718 from 2006 and 1874 from 2009 both prohibit North Korea from conducting security-related exports), North Korean technicians and engineers stationed in Syria are working with specialists from Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) to develop an arsenal of advanced SSMs. Co-operation between Pyongyang and Damascus also constitutes a Syrian violation of the same two resolutions, which, among other sanctions, include "an arms embargo, which also encompasses a ban on technical training or services".
Nevertheless, IHS Jane's has learned that engineers from North Korea's Tangun Trading Corporation are working with engineers from the SSRC's Project 99 in a compound located in Jabal Taqsis, near the city of Hama, to advance the Scud D development programme.160 of 940 words
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