The medium (?) range ballistic missile Hwasong-16 (HS-16)
 -- A shorter derivative of the Hwasong-12 LRBM --

Norbert Brügge, Germany

Update: 26.04.2022


2022, April, 25 -- HS-16 on the parade

 The HS-16 was shown for the first time at the exhibition in October 2021. This short missile, derived from the HS-12, has a simple RV with stabilizing fins.
 The missile achieves a higher velocity in climb thanks to the approximately one-third lower amount of fuel, but has a shorter burning time and also a shorter range.
Note: The suspected former HS-16 is officially the HS-17.

Based on the flight path shown, it is now clear that the RV has a propulsion system. After a longer free flight phase of the RV, a motor is ignited which, at a change of direction, pushes the RV back onto a higher trajectory. But that is still not a hypersonic projectile or a glider.


First launch on 2022, Jan. 05

 
Second launch on 2022, Jan. 10