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New North Korean Artillery Rocket System

Multiple launch artillery rocket system

New North Korean artillery rocket system

So far it is the most powerful multiple launch system, ever fielded by North Korea

 
 
Country of origin North Korea
Entered service 2019 - 2020
Crew ~ 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 40 t
Length ~ 11 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3.2 m
Armament
Caliber 400 ~ 600 mm
Number of tubes 6
Rocket weight ~ 1 285 kg
Warhead weight ~ 200 kg
Firing range at least 230 km
Full salvo duration ?
Reloading time ~ 12 minutes
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 300 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 40 km/h
Range ~ 300 km
Maneuverability
Gradient ~ 40%
Side slope ~ 20%
Vertical step ~ 0.75 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   In 2019 a new large-caliber artillery rocket system was demonstrated and performed live firing in North Korea. It was based on a new tracked chassis and carries 3 or 6 large-caliber artillery rockets. It is unknown weather live firing of this system marked its adoption to service or it is already used for some time by the North Korean military. Anyway in 2020 a number of these artillery rocket systems were displayed during a military parade, meaning that it is being produced in quantity and used by the North Korean military.

   The new North Korean artillery rocket system uses a new lightly armored chassis, which has not been observed before. Most likely that this chassis uses a number of readily available components of the Soviet ATS-59G artillery tractor and other North Korean armored vehicles. The chassis has been stretched and has 10 roadwheels. The ATS-59G was powered by a 39-liter A-650 diesel engine, developing 300 hp. Actually it is a standard engine of a T-55 medium tank, but derated from 520 hp to 300 hp in iorder to extend its service life. So most likely that this North Korean artillery system uses the same 300 hp engine.

   A forward control cab is located over the engine. It strongly resembles that of the US M270 MLRS. For some reason North Koreans styled their new artillery system to mimic US M270, even though their indigenous system is different in many ways.

    When images of the new artillery rocket system were first publicly revealed, these had its launchers blurred. It was unclear how many rockets this system carriers. Though it was clear that this system used some kind of modular pods or containers that can be easily reloaded. Later North Korea declassified images of this artillery system. It turned out that this launcher has 6 launch containers with guided rockets. Some sources estimate that these rockets are around 400-600 mm in diameter. These have a range of around 200 km. This artillery system demonstrated a range of 230 km. Rockets carry around 200 kg of payload.

   In 2019-2020 additional images of the same system emerged, firing short-range ballistic missiles, similar to the US ATACMS. These missiles demonstrated a range of 400-410 km. The launcher vehicle can carry 2 of these new ballistic missiles instead guided artillery rockets. So North Korea managed to develop a modular system which not only mimics the US M270 MLRS, but actually outperforms it.

   An escorting crane is required to reload the launcher vehicle.

 

 

 
New North Korean artillery rocket system

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New North Korean artillery rocket system

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New North Korean artillery rocket system, firing ballistic missile

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