Hypersonische raket Noord-Korea hypersonic missile infographic
Graphic shows North Korea’s hypersonic missile systems.


Hypersonische raket Noord-Korea

By Phil Bainbridge

January 6, 2022 - North Korea has fired a “hypersonic gliding warhead” that detached from its rocket booster and manoeuvred 120km laterally before it “precisely hit” a target 700km away, according to reports from KCNA the North Korean news agency.

Using what appeared to be a Hwasong-12 variant rocket booster, the missile was launched from Chagang-Do by the Academy of Defence Science. The hypersonic gliding warhead detached from the booster and manoeuvred for around 120km before hitting its target.

Hypersonic missiles are designed to fly lower than conventional ballistic missiles to avoid radar detection, and travelling at more than Mach 3, change velocity and direction to evade anti-missile defences.

PUBLISHED: 06/01/2022; STORY: Graphic News