Shin'o-ri Missile Base

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Last Updated: March 1, 2003
Other Name: 신오리 미사일 기지, Shin'o-ri Nodong Missile Base, Shino-ri Nodong Base, Shinori Missile Base
Location: Shin'o-ri (신오리), Unjŏn-kun (운전군), North P'yŏng'an Province (평안북도), North Korea Primary Function: Deployment and launch of Nodong missiles
Subordinate To: Missile Division (미사일 사단), Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (인민무력성), National Defense Commission (국방위원회)
Size: One missile battalion with nine TELs and approximately 40 Nodong missiles
Facility Status: Unknown

According to South Korean sources, the base has one Nodong missile battalion with nine TEL (transporter erector launchers)s and about 40 Nodong missiles. The South Korean Defense Ministry claims the base at Shin'o-ri had already been built by the mid 1990s.

According to reports, the procedure for launching a Nodong missile at this base is as follows:

  1. Deliver the missile, a warhead & propellant to a launch support unit
  2. Assemble the warhead, fuel and load the missile on a TEL
  3. Move the TEL to an underground launch pad
  4. Stand by to launch

It takes an estimated 6.5 hours from the time of command to the actual launch of a Nodong missile.

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