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North Korea parades latest self-propelled howitzers, missile carriers

12 September 2018

The North Korean SPGH paraded on 6 September has a similar layout to most modern SPGHs. Source: KCNA

North Korea displayed what appear to be a new tracked self-propelled gun-howitzer (SPGH) and a new missile carrier in a parade held in Pyongyang on 9 September to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding.

The SPGH, nine units of which were paraded at the event, has a similar layout to most modern SPGHs.

It is not clear where the chassis, turret, and ordnance of the system are derived from. The ordnance bears some resemblance to the 2A64 152 mm weapon from the Soviet-made 2S19 MSTA-S SPGH, or the 2A64 weapon from the MSTA-B towed gun-howitzer, but its recoil system (buffer and recuperator) as well as muzzle brake are of a different design. The turret bears some resemblance to the Chinese PZL-45 and the Iranian Raad-2 SPGH, although this is only superficial.

It is also unclear where the chassis has been derived from and whether it is of indigenous design.

The North Korean military also displayed nine units of what appears to be a new missile carrier, the chassis of which appears to be based on the M2010 6?6 armoured personnel carrier. An eight-round inclined missile launcher is mounted on the vehicle and encapsulated in a multifaceted turret.

Imagery made available by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows that the vehicle’s turret roof is raised to allow the missiles to fire. The appearance of the missile containers is similar to those of multipurpose missile systems such as the Chinese Red Arrow 10 (HJ-10) and the Israeli Spike NLOS. The capabilities of the missile system carried by the vehicle were not disclosed.

North Korea’s military parade was described in media reports as “low key” because it did not feature any long-range missiles, including the Hwaseong-14 and Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that Pyongyang paraded for the first time in February.

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