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KN-23

Short-range ballistic missile

North Korean Iskander

The KN-23 can reach all areas of South Korea and can carry a nuclear warhead

 
 
Country of origin North Korea
Entered service 2019 ~ 2020
Crew 3
Dimensions and weight
Number of missiles 2
Weight ~ 40 t
Length ~ 13 m
Width ~ 3.5 m
Height ~ 3.5 m
Missile
Missile length ~ 7.3 m
Missile diameter ~ 0.9 m
Missile weight ?
Warhead weight ~ 500 kg
Warhead type Nuclear, chemical or conventional
Range of fire 600 - 700 km
CEP 5 ~ 30 m
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ~ 500 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient ~ 45%
Side slope ~ 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.4 m

 

   In 2018 North Korea revealed a new launcher vehicle with missiles during a military parade. In concept it was similar to a Russian Iskander. It was developed with Russia's and China's assistance. It also resembles a South Korean Hyunmoo 2 (a South Korean  version of Iskander, developed with Russian assistance). Initially the launcher vehicle had 8x8 configuration and carried 2 short-range ballistic missiles. At the time it was not clear weather it was just a mock up, or an actual combat vehicle. During that parade a total of 6 launcher vehicles with missiles were shown. This new missile was first tested in 2019. Soon after its introduction an updated version was revealed. It used a new 8x8 heavy high mobility chassis. Sometimes this short-range ballistic missile system is referred as the KN-23, although this is a provisional name. Its actual designation is different.

   The KN-23 is a single-stage solid-fuel missile. A number of test launches were made. Initially it was thought that this missile could have a range of 240-400 km. However the KN-23 demonstrated a range of 600-700 km during its flight tests. It can reach all areas in South Korea. Interestingly the South Korean Hyunmoo 2 has a much shorter range of up to 300 km, though there are Hyunmoo 2C and Hyunmoo 2C versions, that can reach 500 and 800 km respectively.

   The KN-23 is larger and more capable than the North Korean KN-02 ballistic missile, which has a range of 100-120 km. The KN-23 carries nuclear, chemical or conventional warhead with a weight of around 500 kg. This missile uses satellite navigation for guidance and should be pretty accurate.

   This North Korean ballistic missile was designed to overcome hostile air defense systems. It can move away from its initial flight trajectory in order to confuse hostile air defense systems.

   Chassis of the KN-23 has some differences from the MZKT-7930 chassis, used by the Russian Iskander. Most likely that this chassis was built in Belarus or China. Vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can travel off road.

   In 2020 during a military parade a new version of this ballistic missile system was demonstrated. It used a tracked chassis. Though the basic configuration remained the same. The launcher carried 2 ballistic missiles.

 

 
North Korean Iskander

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North Korean Iskander

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North Korean Iskander

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North Korean Iskander

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