What is North Korea's "Iskander" like missile really

Is it the announced "Pukguksong-3" ?

Norbert Brügge, Germany
 

Upload: 06.05.2019; last update: 23.05.2019
 

No conclusion yet on nature of missiles launched by N. Korea
SEOUL, May 17 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry repeated that more analysis is required to determine if the missiles North Korea test-fired this month were ballistic missiles or not, stressing that Seoul and Washington have been working hard to figure that out. While experts say Pyongyang appeared to test-fire its version of Russia's ground-to-ground short-range ballistic Iskander missile both on May 4 and May 9, the allies have said that analysis is underway to figure out exactly what type of weapons were launched. "To clarify, we are looking into details. We don't provide briefings on issues that the allies are working on," a ministry official told reporters.

2019, May 09 --
North Korea has launched two more missiles of the same type at short intervals. "Similar to the May 04 reportedly 420-kilometer flight, those launch events resulted in 500-kilometer and 550-kilometer missile flights over the peninsula with a splashdown in the East Sea (nknews.org)." This reported range is compare with Pukguksong-1.

2019, May 04
-- North Korean state media outlet KCNA announced the testing of an unnamed new tactical weapon, which reportedly had a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and deployed "a powerful warhead".
 
This is NOT a Russian Iskander or Iskander-like missile as permanently reported in the medias. It seems only like that. Presumably, this MRBM is the single-stage Pukgugsong-3 GLBM, developed on base the Pukguksong-1 (SLBM). Similar specimens were shown for the first time at the parade in February 2018. The size difference to the Iskander is striking.
With a diameter of 1.1 m, a length of about 8.70 m is achieved (Iskander is 7.28 m long and has a diameter of 0.91 m). The motor is probably extended by one segment compared to the Pukguksong-1. With the addition of a second stage we would have the Pukguksong-3 SLBM.

    
If - contrary to my analysis - it is an Iskander-like missile (0.90 m diameter),
then it is not an Iskander-motor

Note:
We see two different trucks: A four-axle truck on tires and a truck that seems to match the Pukguksong-2 tracked vehicle with new cabine.
I analyzed the dimensions of both vehicles. The chassis width is identical of 3.0 m, and the usable width of the cargo bay as well. This is enough to load two missiles with 1.1 m diameter.
The length of both cargo bay is also identical and is 10.4 m (The cargo bay of the Iskander truck is only 8.4m). Since two charged missiles are slightly displaced to avoid a collision of the fins, the required cargo bay is slightly longer than a missile.
Based on the measurements, the diameter of 1.1 m the missile (like Pukguksong-1) could be confirmed.
  

 


Has Joseph Dempsey on base the published photos proven a dual launch on May 04 ?
The vehicle in the photo above looks
problematic

 


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The long cable duct is puzzling; the motor is clearly visible
(Regarding the cable duct, it could be that in other pictures it is not visible because the perspective)

      


        
      


          

   


                      

First presentation as mock-up on a too small truck in February 2018

Probably a test rocket launch

 

2017, August 22 -- KNCA spreads images of planned  wound-filament casings of carbon-fiber compound material in connection with an PS-3 SLBM