KN-02 Short Range Ballistic Missile
The 9K79 Tochka (SS-21 Scarab) is a single-stage solid-propellant guided missile with a range of up to 70km and a CEP of 160m. Designed to replace the older, inaccurate FROG-7 unguided artillery rocket, it can carry a nuclear, chemical or conventional warhead.
In 1983 Syria acquired SS-21 missiles supplied from the USSR. During mid-1996 Syrian missile technicians spent two weeks training in North Korea. The Syrian technicians reportedly provided North Korea with data on the SS-21 missile. In August 1996 Syria shipped Soviet-built 70km-range SS-21 Scarab missiles to North Korea.
North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its eastern coast toward Japan on 01 May 2005. The missile, fired into the East Sea [Sea of Japan], appeared to have a range of between 100 to 120 kilometers. It is called by the North the KN-02, an upgraded version of the Russian SS-21, with a longer range. The KN-02 nomenclature was disclosed by Kim Sung-il [Kim Seong-il], chief information officer at Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a closed-door parliamentary session. The DPRK test-fired the same type of missile in April 2004, but the test failed.
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