North Korea's "Pukguksong-2"
is a two stage solid-fuel GLBM !
Norbert Brügge, Germany
2017, Feb.13 -- According
KNCA has North Korea launched a new medium range ballistic missile "Pukguksong-2".
KCNA said the
was successfully test-fired. The test verified a
the mobility and operation
of the new type missile from a
canister on a truck in cold-start
missile was an upgraded, extended-range version of its submarine-launched
ballistic missile that was tested successfully last August.
2017, Feb. 12 -- North
Korea launched an ballistic missile on this day. The missile was launched
at a steep angle from Banghyon air base in the western country. It reached
a height of 550 kilometers and then flew about 500 km before splashing
into eastern sea.
18 -- A second launch attempt also ended with a failure.
2016, Oct. 14 -- US STRATCOM says that North Korea carried out failed
"Musudan" missile launch. ROK sources saying the missile launch was from
Banghyon air base in the western country. But, the recent failed launch
could be the first test of a ground based "Pukguksong-2" from a canister
The Pukguksong-2 is significantly different
from Pukguksong-1. The diameter of the missile is about 40 cm increased. The
whole missile, including the cold-start system, also seems to be of new quality.
It is quite a puzzle what the origin is from this so suddenly emerging complex
system, which functions after only two failures.
It could be that P-1 and P-2 are based
on a cannibalized almost unknown Soviet
In any case, the truck is an changed old Soviet caterfillar.
Length of canister + gas generator 12.5m
The different diameters of the missiles are here
The rail vehicle is already built for the P-2. For P-1 are additional
cushions were inserted
Calculated diameter of canister: 1.60 m