Where were you, April 15th? Because we were in front of our computers ironically tweeting about what new missiles North Korea would show us, and then suddenly it got weird.
The North Korean’s showed off 8 missile and launch systems, of which 5 were mods, reconfigurations, or totally new. While we don’t think all of the missile systems actually exist yet, this was probably a glimpse of the DPRK’s aspirational future missile arsenal.
Jeffrey and Scott get granular as they go through each ballistic missile system in detail and try to parse out what was real, what was signalling, what we learned, and what we will be watching for in the future.
DISCLAIMER: This data is new and is still being processed. This is a set of second-impressions, not a set of final, settled analytic conclusions.
Due to the lack of a very high resolution parade at time of recording, this link was used.
The Kumsong-3 (Kh-35 lookalike)
The Pukguksong-1 SLBM
The KN-17 ASBM
The KN-08+ or –
The Soviet-looking DF-21A/31 ICBM MEL(no extant public designation)
The DF-41/RT-2PM2 Topol-M ICBM TEL lovechild (no extant public designation)