For many years, there has been a lack of understanding of the origins of North Korean strategic ballistic missile program. Equally absent from public the discussion about Missile Technology Control Regime is the assistance that Iran has provided to the North Koran strategic ballistic missile program and North Korea's contribution to Iran's strategic ballistic missile program.
|KN-03 ??||?? Hwasong-5 / Scud-B|
|KN-04 ??||?? Hwasong-6 / Scud-C|
|KN-06||SAM [S-300 / FT-2000]|
|KN-09||300-mm Artillery Rocket|
The "KN" [Korea, North] missile designation system |
is of South Korean origin. It is apparently applied to
missiles of North Korean origin. Some of these
missiles are well attested under this designation
system, though there are many missing pieces, and
no small confusion.
In October 2003 a report released by the South Korean defense ministry estimated that North Korea had shipped over 400 SCUD-class ballistic missiles to the Middle East since the 1980s. The biggest buyers were Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria, but also include Egypt and Libya.
North Korea is generally estimated to have about 500 Scuds in inventory The Korea Herald 08 May 2004]. But South Korea's defense ministry estimates that North Korea has about 600 Scuds and about 100 No dong-A missiles, Agency France-Presse reported on 07 May 2004. The [DPRK] North Korea was in 2008 credited by South Korea to have 800 deployed missiles but in March 2010 they were credited with 1,000 missiles deployed. That is 100-150 Scud-B's 300 Scud-C's, 350 Scud-ER's and 200 No-dong-A's equaling 1,000 deployed and perhaps 20 No-dong-B's in a single division identified. North Korea is also credited with having enough weapons grade plutonium to have created 6-8 nuclear device weapons that they will eventually be able to place inside a already perfected missile born re-entry vehicle to make a nuclear warhead according to South Korean government analysis.
North Korean/ Iranian Unha-2, Taep'o-dong-2B Evolutionary Development Family.
North Korean/ Iranian Launch vehicle Evolutionary Development Family through 2013
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