Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:07 PM

North Korea's tactical weapon resembles US Army's tactical missile


This photo released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Sunday, shows North Korea test firing a new weapon a day before. Weapons experts said the North's new weapon seemed to bear traits of the U.S. Army's tactical missiles system. KCNA-Yonhap

By Jung Da-min

With North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) releasing Sunday photos of its "new weapon," speculations are that the country has developed a new surface-to-surface tactical missile which bears traits of the U.S. Army's tactical missiles system (ATACMS).

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un guided the test launch of the country's "another new weapon system" which was developed to "suit the terrain condition of our country," North Korea, and has "advantageous tactical character different from existing weapon systems," according to the KCNA report.

Experts said the new weapon launched on Aug. 10 showed similar traits to the U.S. ATACMS and South Korea's Korea Tactical Surface-to-Surface Missile (KTSSM).

Graphic by Cho Sang-won

"North Korea's new surface-to-surface tactical missile seemed to be one that explodes in flight to deploy smaller explosives," said Shin Jong-woo, a representative secretary of the Korea Defense and Security Forum.

The North's new missile seemed to have a launcher that is similar to that of the South's Hyunmoo-2A which can travel as far as 300 kilometers and of the South's Hyunmoo-2B that has a longer range of 500 kilometers. The North's launcher has two torpedo tubes while the South's Hyunmoo-2A and 2B launchers have one tube.


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