North Korea Unveils New Pukguksong-2 Missile

Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile transported on its TEL.

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.

Pukkuksong-1, a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM)
Pukkuksong-1, a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM)

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.

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Jonathan Wade, CD

Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.