North Korea Displays Iskander-like Missile

The new short-range ballistic missile was presented during a military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army

During a military parade held in Pyongyang on February 8, 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People’s Army, North Korea presented six transport-erector-launchers (TELs) belonging to a new short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system. According to Jane's, each TEL is based on a four-axle vehicle that carries two missiles similar in appearance to the 9M723 and 9M723-1 missiles used by the Iskander-M system.

"It appears to be a solid-fueled short-range ballistic missile (about 300 km in range), mounted on a designated vehicle, which is reminiscent of the Russian Iskander system," said Tal Inbar, Head of the Space & UAV Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies who has been following North Korea's missile program for years, in an interview with Israel Defense. "At this stage, no further information is known about the new missile, including its name."

Inbar added that the missile had not been tested so far – at least not in any tests reported by North Korea. When asked if this system could be exported to other countries, Inbar replied positively.

North Korea has cooperated militarily with a number of countries surrounding Israel, including Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon (Hezbollah). Pyongyang also maintains defense ties with Tehran.

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