Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


North Korea Missiles

Overview

Designation Stages Engine Range IOC Inventory # Comment

SRBM

KN-1 SS-N-1, Styx Kumsong-1 1 turbojet 110 km ? 2006 20? unknown
KN-2 SS-21 Scarab 1 solid 110 km ? 2006 20* uncertain?
KN-03? Scud-B Hwasong-5 1 liquid 300-330 km 1981-84 < 20*< [was 150] no longer active?
KN-04 Scud-C Hwasong-6 1 liquid 500 km 1989 < 40* [was 300]
KN-05? Scud-ER Hwasong-? 1 liquid 750 - 800 km 2003 <40* < [was 350]

MRBM / IRBM

No-dong-A, A1 Hwasong-7 1 liquid 1,100 -1,600 km 1999 50* < [was 200] SS-N-5
KN-07? Musudan Hwasong-10 1 liquid 3,200 - 3,860 km 2004 -2007 50*R&DTE SS-N-6 derived
KN-11 1 liquid 2,000-2,500 km 2015-R&DTE R&DTE SS-N-6, SLBM
KN-X 2 solid 2,200 km 2016 R&DTE SLBM, KN-X-15?

ICBM / SLV

Taep'o-dong-1 2 liquid 2,000 - 2,900 km N/A Cancelled TD-1 SLV
Taep'o-dong-2 Unha-3 2 liquid 6,750 -10,000 km N/A 2014 ? < 5 left R & D ?
Taep'o-dong-3 Unha-9 3 liquid 10,000 - 12,000 km 2014/2018 R & D
KN-08 No-dong-C ? Hwasong-13 3 liquid 6,000-10,000 km 2015/2016-18 6 + Cancelled LR-ICBM
KN-14 No-dong-D ? Hwasong-13 3 liquid 6,000-10,000 km 2018-2020 6 - R&D LR-ICBM
NKSL-12 3 liquid + solid orbital 1998 ILC Cancelled TD-1 SLV
NKSL-X-23 Unha-3 3 liquid orbital ?? 2016 ILC? R & D TD-2 SLV
NK-SL-X 2-3-4 liquid orbital, GEO, Crewed 2015/2018 R & D NK-SL-X SLV

Notes:

1 - No-dong-B is a provisional designation created by John Pike. The No-dong-B is derived from the Soviet-era SS-N-6 SLBM.

2 - NKSL-1 is an unofficial designation created by Charles Vick.

The NKSL-1 is a Taep'odong-1 missile with a third stage and satellite added.

3 - NKSL-X-2 & NKSL-X-3 is an unofficial designation created by Charles Vick.

NKSL-X-2 is a Taep'o dong-2 & Taep'o-dong-3 missile with a third stage and satellite added.

# inventory holdings are highly uncertain.

4 -* The Korean Institute for Defense Analysis (KIDA), http://www.kida.re.kr/eng/ latest suggested numbers of May 2013* This represents a downward assessement compared with some previous estimate. Includes 100 short range Scud types mix, 50 No-dong-A's and 50 No-dong-B's or a total of about 200 semi-mobile Transport Erector Launcher (TEL) mounted launchers. This was also reported by the Department of Defense to the U. S. Senate on May 2, 2013. How many remain in storage as replacements for those stationed on TEL’s are assumed to be higher. The total missile available in 2008 was estimated at greater than 800 while in 2010 it was estimated at 1,000. In 2013 it is estimated at 1,050 available missiles with 200 transport erectors launchers.

5 - KN-06 -Mobile surface to air system called Pongae-5 SAM. KN-04, KN-05, KN-07 and KN-09, uncertain which system it is applied.

6 - [KN-designations are derived from the South Korean military and intelligence community’s missile designation system of its Ministry of Defense. Thus the “KN-X-15”?, means the North Korean-Experimental missile system with a number designation and the next number that is apparently applicable in this incompletely understood numeric designation system. Some DPRK North Korean older phased out missile system do not carry the KN designations.

The older NK- and or NKSL- system is a public derived similar system from the “Cold War” North Korean Satellite Launch System with numeric designations similar to that utilized to define Soviet era satellite launch systems such as the SL-4 Soyuz booster by the US intelligence community.]

Comparisons North Korean (DPRK) and Iranian ballistic missiles & Space boosters through 2013.




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