The Korean People’s Army publicly unveiled its Pukguksong-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missile during a military parade in Pyongyang.
Described as a medium-range or intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, also known as KN-15 outside of North Korea, was paraded with pride on the occasion of the 105th anniversary of Kim II-sung, the founder of North Korea.
Launched for the first time on 12 February 2017, Kim Jong Un supervised the test and was deemed a success by the state-run KCNA news agency. However, both China and Russia voiced their concerns and condemned the test launch.
Derived from the Pukkuksong-1, a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the new KN-15 has an estimated operational range at between 1,200 km and 3,000 km.
The ballistic missile can be transported by a transporter erector launcher (TEL). Fully tracked, the TEL is claimed to be a North Korean-made vehicle.
It uses solid fuel and can be launched within a few minutes.