First public test launch since March 21, 2020
Kim Jong-un Appears in 2020, Not Attending This Time
Fired from multiple rockets, devastating the target area
South Korean and USFK also possess ATKIMs
[서울=뉴시스] North Korean missile launch scene. 2022.01.18. (Photo = Captured from the website of the Rodong Sinmun) *Resale and DB prohibited
[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Park Dae-ro = North Korea launched the KN-24, the so-called North Korean version of ATACMS, after a year and 10 months.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported on the morning of the 18th that “according to the plans of the relevant institutions, including the Academy of Defense Science and the Second Economic Committee, a tactical guided missile inspection and firing test was conducted on January 17th.”
According to photos of the site released by North Korea, the missile launched was a KN-24. North Korea, which has been firing KN-23 (North Korean version of Iskander) intensively since last year, has unveiled the KN-24 after a long time. It is the first time in a year and 10 months since March 21, 2020 that the KN-24 has re-appeared.
North Korea test-fired the KN-24 on August 10 and 16, 2019, and on March 21, 2020. At the third launch on March 21, 2020, Kim Jong-un, general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, personally observed the launch, but this time Chairman Kim did not appear.
[서울=뉴시스] North Korea’s Chosun Central Television reported on the 22nd that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conducted on-site guidance at the site of a tactical guided weapon test shooting in the Seoncheon area of Pyeongbuk. (Photo = Chosun Central TV capture) 2020.03.22. [email protected]
The KN-24 is called the North Korean version of A-Ta-Kims because it resembles the A-Ta-Kims owned by the US military.
The Army Tactical Missile System (A-Tactical Missile System) is a short-range, short-range surface-to-surface missile for the Army, which was developed by Lockheed Martin in 1982 and has been deployed since 1991.
The A-Takims, an army missile, served in the 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. After being launched from a multiple rocket launcher (MLRS), A-TaKims reaches the sky near the target, spraying numerous submunitions, and devastating the target area. The maximum range of A-TaKims possessed by the US military is 300 km, but North Korea has increased it to more than 400 km.
[서울=뉴시스]On August 10, 2019, North Korea’s A-Tae Kims was launched. 2019.08.11. (Photo=Provided by Ryu Seong-yeop, expert researcher at the 21st Century Military Research Institute) *Resale and DB prohibited
The ROK military and USFK also have ATAKIMs.
In parallel with the introduction of the 227mm-caliber large-caliber multiple rocket launcher in 1998, the ROK Army introduced the A-Tae Kims (MGM-140A) with a range of 165km and deployed it in 1999. Then, on January 4, 2000, the Ministry of National Defense announced that it would introduce A-TaKims with a range of 300 km. By 2004, 110 rounds were introduced, and the attack range was as far as North Korea’s Sinuiju and Ganggye.
The ATKIMs, owned by the South Korean Army and USFK, are said to be capable of devastating an area the size of three or four soccer fields with a single missile, carrying 950 submunitions.
[서울=뉴시스]USFK ATACMS being launched from the East Coast in July 2017. 2022.01.18. (Photo = Provided by Defense Daily) *Resale and DB prohibited
The US Army is replacing the existing A-Takims with precision strike missiles (PrSM). In addition, the PrSM range has been extended from 500 km to 750 to 800 km.
On August 2, 2019, the United States withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed with the former Soviet Union, thereby removing the 500 km range limit for ground ballistic and cruise missiles. If the maximum range is increased to 800 km, the US military can use PrSM to strike mainland China from Pacific islands.
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