North Korean Ballistic Missile Models

This article is a companion piece to North Korea's missile page and missile table.

Name: Kwangmyongsong
Other names: Unha-3 mod: 2, Taepodong-3
Type: Ballistic/ Space Launch Vehicle
Length: 30m
Diameter: 2.4/1.50/1.25m
Payload: 100-1000kg *payload varies due to vehicle use
Range: 12,000+ km
Status: Operational

Sources:
James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies

Name: Unha-3
Other names: Taepodong-3
Type: Ballistic/ Space Launch Vehicle
Length: 30m
Diameter: 2.4/1.50/1.25m
Payload: 100-1000kg *payload varies due to vehicle use
Range: 10,000+ km
Status: Operational

Sources:
[1] Norbert Brugge, “Asian Space-rocket Liquid-propellant Engines,” B14643, www.b14643.de.
[2] Duyeon Kim, “Fact Sheet: North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs,” The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, July 2013, http://armscontrolcenter.org.
[3] “North Korea Rocket ‘has 10,000km Range,’” BBC News Asia, December 23, 2012, www.bbc.com.
[4] Markus Schiller, “The Unha-3: Assessing the Successful North Korean Satellite Launch,” Federation of American Scientists, February 20, 2013, http://fas.org.

Name: Taepodong-2
Other names: Unha-2, Paektusan-2, Moksong-2
Type: Ballistic
Length: 29m
Diameter: 2.4/1.25/0.88m
Payload: 100-500kg
Range: 6,000-9,000km
Status: Operational

Sources:
[1] “Strategic Weapon Systems: Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment – China and Northeast Asia,” IHS Jane’s, 7 July 7, 2014, janes.http://ihs.com.
[2] Charles P. Vick, “Taep’o-dong 2 (TD-2),” Federation of American Scientists, May 12, 2014, http://fas.org.
[3] David Wright, “An Analysis of North Korea’s Unha-2 Launch Vehicle,” Union of Concerned Scientists, March 20, 2009, www.ucsusa.org.

Name: Taepodong-1
Other names: Paektusan, Moksong
Type: Ballistic
Length: 24m
Diameter: 1.25/0.88m
Payload: 100-200kg
Range: 2,000-2,900km
Status: Operational

Sources:
[1] Duyeon Kim, “Fact Sheet: North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Programs,” The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, July 2013, http://armscontrolcenter.org.
[2] “Strategic Weapon Systems: Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment – China and Northeast Asia,” IHS Jane’s, July 7, 2014, janes.http://ihs.com.

Name: Hwasong-10 (Musudan)
Other names: BM-25, (Based on the Soviet R-27/SS-N-6)
Type: Ballistic
Length: 11.5m
Diameter: 1.5m
Payload: 500kg
Range: 4,000km (BM-25 is an MRBM variant with a 2500 km range.)
Status: Deployed

Sources:
[1] Norbert Brugge, "The North Korean "Musudan" missile is based on the Soviet R-27 SLBM," B14643, www.b14643.de.
[2] “Ballistic Missile Defense Review Report,” Department of Defense, February 2010, defense.gov.
[3] “Strategic Weapon Systems: Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment – China and Northeast Asia,” IHS Jane’s, July 7, 2014, janes.http://ihs.com.
[4] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, 2013, fas.org.
[5] “Military and Security Developments Involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Department of Defense, 2015, defense.gov.

Name: Nodong
Other names: Rodong
Type: Ballistic
Length: 15.5-16.0m *variants
Diameter: 1.25-1.30m *variants
Payload: 250-700kg
Range: 1,300-1,500km
Status: Operational, exported

Sources:
[1] Norbert Brugge, "The North Korean Nodong Missile Family," B14643, www.b14643.de.
[2] “No Dong 1,” Missile Threat, October 26, 2012, http://missilethreat.com.
[3] “Strategic Weapon Systems: Jane’s Sentinel Security Assessment – China and Northeast Asia,” IHS Jane’s, July 7, 2014, janes.http://ihs.com.
[4] Charles P. Vick, “Nodong,” Federation of American Scientists, May 12, 2014, http://fas.org.
Special thanks to Pavel Podvig, http://russianforces.org.

Name: KN-02
Other names: SS-21 Scarab, 9K79 Tochka
Type: Ballistic
Length: 6.40 m
Diameter: 0.65 m
Payload: 250-500 kg
Range: 100-120 km, possible extended range variant
Status: Operational

Sources:
[1] “Strategic Weapon Systems: Jane Sentinel Security Assessment-China and Northeast Asia,” IHS Jane’s, July 7, 2014.
[2] Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., “The KN-02 SRBM,” KPA Journal, Vol. 1 NO. February 2, 2010, www.kpajournal.com.
[3] Jeffrey Lewis, “Don’t Know Where Waldo Went, But Kim Jong Un was in Wonsan: Geolocating North Korea’s June 26 and August 14 Missile Launches,” November 3, 2014, 38 North, http://38north.org.

Name: KN-11
Other names: Bukgeukseong-1, Polaris-1
Type: Submarine-launched balisstic missile (SLBM)
Length: ~9 m
Diameter: ~1.5 m
Payload: unknown
Range: unknown
Status: Testing

Sources:
[1] CNS analysis of images released by North Korean state media on web and television, www.kcna.kp.
See also: Jeffrey Lewis, "DPRK SLBM Test," Arms Control Wonk, May 13, 2015, armscontrolwonk.com.

March 21, 2016
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