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North Korea Now Has Own ATACMS Analog, Which Can Launch at Least For 110 Km

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Test launch of North Korean KN-24 missiles, March 10, 2023 / Open source photo
Test launch of North Korean KN-24 missiles, March 10, 2023 / Open source photo

Only 4 years passed from the first demonstration to the first combat firing and putting it into service

On Friday, March 10, North Korea conducted another missile test, where six vehicles with four launch containers were used. At the same time, at least six operational-tactical ballistic missiles were launched, the actual firing range was 110 km, the target was "enemy airfields".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was present at these tests. The distance for launching missiles could have been deliberately limited so as not to annoy China, since these missiles were actually flying in its direction, as NK News reports.

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Test launch of North Korean KN-24 missiles, March 10, 2023 / Open source photo

There is no clear indication of the specific type of missiles that North Korea launched. The article recons that it was the KN-25 complex, as the North Korean army showed 30 units of such system at once during the military parade on January 1, 2023.

However, this assumption is illogical, considering the difference in appearance: the NK-25 has six launch guides and a tracked chassis, but here the complex has a wheeled chassis and four guides on each of the vehicles.

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North Korean KN-25 missile carriers, January 1 / Open source phot

According to other assumptions, North Korea launched the KN-24 missile system, the first ceremonial demonstration of them took place back in 2019. The KN-24 was developed on the base of the KN-02, a North Korean "clone" of the Tochka-U complex.

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Test launch of North Korean KN-24 missiles, March 10, 2023 / Open source photo

During several test launches in 2020, the North Korean KN-24 showed a firing range of up to 410 km, which is the reason why I’s been named as the ATACMS analog.

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