North Korea may have finally mastered the production of a solid fuel rocket, according to analysts who witnessed the country’s Sunday missile launch, allowing them to possess a more accurate and stable missile with fast fire capabilities.
North Korea had long been plagued with missile failures and explosions, in part, because of its use of notoriously unstable liquid rocket fuel engines.
Last October, a North Korean Musudan ballistic missile was severely damaged after it exploded directly after take off.
Five other recent missile tests conducted by the North Koreans have also resulted in failures due to exploding in flight.
On Monday, South Korean intelligence said that, based on the video of the launch, the new missile fired on Sunday appears to be using solid fuel technology.
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The missile, called the Pukguksong-2, is an intermediate-range ballistic missile and analysts call it a “game changer” because it uses a solid fuel engine which allows for a more accurate, more stable missile that can fire quicker because of the solid fuel use.
Intelligence has estimated that the Pukguksong-2 can travel 3,000 km or 1,860 miles.
According to a statement by Lance Gatling, a defense analyst and the president of Nexial Research Inc. in Japan:
“The liquid fuel engines that North Korea uses in all its medium- and long-range missiles are dangerous because the fuel is so corrosive and volatile. The benefit of a solid-fuel engine – probably utilizing ammonium perchlorate – is that the fuel is extremely stable can be easily stored and the weapon is ready to be fired virtually immediately. If they have made a solid-fuel engine that works, then that is a great advance. It’s a game-changer in the sense that a solid fuel rocket can be kept in ambient temperatures before being launched with a very short preparation time.”
The North Korean State reported that the new missile is a “Korean-style new strategic weapon system.”
Korean Central News Agency reported that leader Kim Jong-un expressed “great satisfaction over the possession of another powerful nuclear attack means, which adds to the tremendous might of the country.”
H/T: The Telegraph
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