No-dong-B/Mirim IRBMNorth Korea May have Displayed the No-dong-B/Mirim the Shahab-4 Deployed both in Iran & North Korea
By Charles P. Vick © All Rights Reserved 2007
Senior Analyst, Globalsecurity.org
Apparently North Korea displayed the No-dong-B/Mirim IRBM for the first time in its celebratory 75 th anniversary of the Korean Peoples Army military parade on April 25, 2007 which was attended by its honored leader Chairman Kim Jong-Ill according to the May 12, 2007, Asahi Shimbun daily. It was sighting reports of briefings by the United States to Japanese and South Korean Government officials on the intelligence collected on the military parade by national means. The Korean Peoples Army No-dong-B is derived from the Soviet era Makayev OKB, Zyb SS-N-6/SS-NX-13 technology received from the former Soviet Union in 1987-88 during the Gorbachev era. It was first deployed in North Korea in 2003 and subsequently introduced in Iran in December 2005. At least the center of one military emblem on prominent display in the surrounding square seems to resemble the expected No-dong-B design. Careful review of the military parade missiles video and still photos displayed did not show the No-dong-B or No-dong-A but that does not mean it was not displayed but not shown on video or still photos from North Korea . The TV feed from North Korea was not live and was delayed and the imagery repeatedly cut back to show Kim Jong-Ill interrupting the missile imagery available. Today the available TV video only shows the theater marching soldier formations not the hardware. This theater performance by North Korea was precisely orchestrated for external consumption revealing essentially nothing except for the home consumption. So the mystery remains unresolved.
The North Korean’s only displayed on TV the Korean Peoples Army NK-02 (SS-21/Scarab) deployed flight test tactical ballistic missile along with the SAM-5, AG-1 anti ship derived Silkworm class, Scud-C and the redesigned Scud-B not No-dong-B of the total of five or more new types of missiles confirmed as paraded. Reports that only four types of missiles were paraded are confirmed wrong from the imagery. There was a Scud that looks like a shortened Scud-C with a body diameter that is similar to the standard Scud-C, .88 meters but definitely under 1.3 meters of the No-dong-A. It has a flared base skirt covering steering vanes with side tail fins and a curved nose section very similar to a modernized Scud-B i.e. the known second stage of the Taep’o-dong-1. It is no where near the No-dong-B, 1.5 meter diameter. So the Scud-B modernized and totally redesign is confirmed. The Scud’s all used the same Russian design Maz-543 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL). There was no indication of the Scud-ER, No-dong-A, No-dong-B and Taep’o-dong-2C/3 being paraded which was looked for unless it was not shown by North Korean TV images available. Three new types of missiles were said to have been displayed among the 48 missiles paraded in varying number groups. These missiles may have been identified by US intelligence imagery means such as by reconnaissance satellite or stealth UAV in the parade marshalling areas leaving the question open publicly. The information released from unidentified sources in Japan and South Korea was very guarded. Suggestions that North Korea has not tested the No-dong-B are incorrect. It was apparently test out of Iran on January 17, 2006 and perhaps also July 4/5, 2006 out of North Korea . The three countries USA , Japan and South Korea intelligence communities continue to argue about this.
Earlier on January 29, 2007 the US government acknowledged for the first time the existence of several new Iranian and North Korean missiles under development through a speech by the deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency of the Pentagon Army Brig. General Patrick O’Reilly before the George C. Marshall Institute. In that speech he described in his slides presentation to show that the 12 meter long, liquid propellant No-dong-B/Mirim has a demonstrated out of Iran range of 2,000 miles or 3,218 kilometers (3,000 kilometers) when it is known to be capable of flying (2,485 miles) or 4,000 kilometers. (1) The No-dong-B was described as “a qualitative improvement in the performance” from earlier North Korean missile systems. He also described the two stage Taep’o-dong-2B as having a range of (6,200 Miles) 9,975.8 kilometers and the three stage version with a range of (9,300 miles) 14,963.7 kilometers with a 200-250 kg warhead.
1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20070130-122437-6559r.htm Gertz, Bill, How the “axis” seeks the killer missile, The Washington Times, January 30, 2007
2. http://www.spacewar.com/2006/070513024111.e67d4qqe.html, NKorea unveiled new ballistic missile: report, TOKYO , May 13 (AFP) May 13, 2007
ADDITIONAL IMAGERY REFERENCES
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18305217/ For Scud-C
http://www.snappedshot.com/archives/794-Daily-Dictator.html For scud-B redesigned
scud-C and SS-21
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1823141/posts For parade video partial
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,268224,00.html For the SS-21 NK-02
for military parade but not complete
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUTTLE5nIkQ five part military parade
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