Kim Jong-un directs “Ministry of Defense review department to subdivide by weapon system”

1st Commander of the Korean People's Army, Political Workers Training
Kim Jong-un, the first commander of the Korean People’s Army, raises his hand in return from the podium for a training session for political workers. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun News 1

While North Korea is concentrating on developing nuclear missiles, it is reported that Chairman Kim Jong-un has recently ordered directly to strengthen the expertise of the strategic and tactical weapons review department.

According to Daily NK, an internal military source in North Korea on the 27th, such a special order was issued at the People’s Army Party Committee held on the 23rd.

First of all, it is said that it was emphasized that the Ministry of Defense Ordnance Bureau’s contribution was outstanding in the screening project that had to go through before the actual deployment of weapons over the past 10 years. This means that not only did the weapon performance properly tested during the screening process, but also no major errors were found in the actual deployment for each unit situation.

However, Chairman Kim gave the task of ‘strengthening the mission’ rather than ‘providing a reward gift’ for performance. It is said that the order was given to “further expand and reorganize the departments that have made outstanding contributions.”

This shows the will to rapidly modernize and diversify weapons and firing means for the development of self-defense defense construction.

In this regard, the advancement of weapons in the Kim Jong-un era is currently in progress. In particular, it has recently conducted four new missile test-fires: a mini-submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), and last month, a long-range cruise missile, a train-launched ballistic missile, a hypersonic missile, and a surface-to-air missile.

In addition, there is also a perception that various weapons modernization drives are essential in order to enhance the ‘nuclear deterrence’ proposed at the 8th Congress of the Labor Party earlier this year.

In addition, the situation that people’s livelihoods deteriorated due to the prolonged border lockdown due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) seems to have had an impact. This means that there is also an intention to overcome difficult difficulties head-on by strengthening national defense capabilities.

Accordingly, as North Korea celebrated the ’10th anniversary of the establishment of a new army in the Kim Jong-un era’ as an achievement through this defense development exhibition, it is predicted that this instruction will be used for propaganda work similarly 10 years later.

Under the direct instructions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the Ordnance Bureau immediately started working. After subdividing the comprehensive integrated examination department for test weapons in the lower part into departments for each weapon system field, it was decided to bring out six more departments, followed by a large number of technical talents to conduct executive business (HR).

Specifically, it plans to complete the process of evaluating and selecting the best military technical and practical talents at each research institute, university, and field by the end of November, and then undergo a three-month training course in cooperation with each related sector.

※Ministry of Defense Ordnance Bureau Examination Department =It is in charge of the final test of various weapons that have gone through research (research and development institutes such as the National Defense Academy) → sample production (test process) → simulation → production (munitions factory) → test launch (Ministry of Armaments Industry).

In other words, weapons and equipment that have been approved for test firing by the Ministry of Military Industry must pass the examination by the Ordnance Bureau before they can be deployed to actual combat zones.

Source: DailyNK by

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