Update: North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile

by Gabriel Dominguez

North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3).

North Korea launched a new type of SLBM on 2 October – called the Pukguksong-3 – from waters off its eastern coast. (KCNA)

North Korea launched a new type of SLBM on 2 October – called the Pukguksong-3 – from waters off its eastern coast. (KCNA)

Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the SLBM was successfully launched “in vertical mode” from waters off Wonsan Bay in the East Sea of Korea (Sea of Japan), adding that the test-firing, which “confirmed key tactical and technical indexes”, had “no adverse impact” on the security of neighbouring countries.

The KCNA also stated that the test was of “great significance as it ushered in a new phase in containing the outside forces’ threat to the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] and further bolstering its military muscle for self-defence”.

The media outlet did not provide any more details about the weapon, including whether it was fired from a submarine or a submersible test barge.

That said, the US Deparment of Defense, which described the weapon as a short- to medium-range ballistic missile, said that the SLBM was launched from a sea-based platform.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) had said the previous day that the missile, which was launched in an easterly direction at 0711 h local time from waters off North Korea’s eastern port city of Wonsan, Kangwon province, flew a distance of about 450 km and reached an altitude of about 910 km before falling into the East Sea (Sea of Japan).

When test-fired on 2 October, North Korea’s Pukguksong-3 SLBM flew a distance of about 450 km and reached an altitude of about 910 km before falling into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), according to South Korean officials. (KCNA)
North Korea said the Pukguksong-3 SLBM tested on 2 October was fired in vertical mode from waters off Wonsan Bay and had “no adverse impact” on the security of neighbouring countries. (KCNA)
North Korea released partial images in July of what it described as a “newly built” submarine. KCNA reported at the time that the submarine’s operational deployment in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) was “near at hand”. (KCNA)

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North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from water...

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