KN21: North Korea's New Take on Its Oldest Ballistic Missile

KN21: North Korea's New Take on Its Oldest Ballistic Missile
Rodong Sinmun screen capture

U.S. military intelligence has identified and designated a new type of North Korean short-range ballistic missile (SRBM). The missile is assessed to be a modification of North Korea's existing Scud-B missiles, U.S. government sources with knowledge of the latest U.S. intelligence assessments on North Korea tell The Diplomat.

Three units of the ballistic missiles in question, which have been newly designated the KN21 by the United States, were tested on August 26 in quick succession from North Korea's missile launch site at Kittaeryong.

North Korea launched those missiles at a depressed trajectory intentionally, a source told The Diplomat. Two of the missiles — the first and third — were observed to have successfully flown to a range of approximately 250 kilometers. One missile — the second — exploded shortly after launch.

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