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 صاروخ كوريا الشمالية العملاق هواسونغ-17 infographic
Graphic shows Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile.

كوريا الشمالية

صاروخ كوريا الشمالية العملاق هواسونغ-17

By Duncan Mil

March 25, 2022 - أجرت كوريا الشمالية تجارب على إطلاق الصاروخ الباليستي العملاق هواسونغ17- العابر للقارات. من المحتمل أن تكون هذه الصواريخ التي تعتبر أكبر نظام صواريخ باليستية متنقلة على الطرق في العالم
قادرة على تسليم رأس حربي في أي مكان في الولايات المتحدة.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Hwasong-17 flew 1,090km (681 miles) at a maximum altitude of 6,248.5km (3,905 miles). The missile hit a target in the Sea of Japan during the Thursday test (March 24, 2022).

Unlike North Korea’s previous ICBM tests, KCNA images show the Hwasong-17 is launched directly from an 11-axle Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicle.

Pyongyang first displayed the weapon at a military parade in October 2020. Initial analysis speculated that the new missile, designated “Hwasong-16,” has not been flight-tested.

The missile is displayed for a second time in October 2021 at a defence exhibition. Analysts conclude the official designation of the giant ICBM is “Hwasong-17.”

North Korea fires suspected Hwasong-17 fist stage to an altitude of around 620km from Sunan, near Pyongyang, on February 27, 2022.

A second ballistic missile launched from Sunan on March 5 reached an altitude of 560km.

Experts conclude from the apparent diameter of the Hwasong-17 first stage -- between 2.4 and 2.5 metres -- that it can accommodate four Soviet-era RD-250-variant engines. These variants have been dubbed the “March 18 revolution” by North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.

Some in the U.S. intelligence community assess that North Korea likely can manufacture a liquid propulsion engine like the “March 18 revolution” indigenously.

PUBLISHED: 25/03/2022; STORY: Graphic News