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North Korea’s latest missiles showed similar traits to U.S. Army’s ATACMS

August 13, 2019


North Korea has officially described the latest
missiles it launched on Saturday as a “new weapons system”. And military sources say they resemble systems
used by the U.S. Army. Kim Ji-yeon explains. North Korea’s claim that it test-fired a “new
weapons system” different from the ones it already had… does carry weight. Apart from the fact that each launcher load
can carry two missiles, a military source said the missiles launched by North Korea
last Saturday appeared to have traits similar to the U.S. Army’s surface-to-surface tactical
missile system, known as ATACMS… in that they can scatter hundreds of sub-munitions…
during the final dive-in phase… into an area of three or four soccer fields simultaneously…
with the aim of inflicting pervasive damage. That’s different from the ballistic missiles
launched by the North during the series of launches conducted over the two weeks since
July 25th… aimed at targeting a specific location or building. Local media outlets have speculated that North
Korea’s latest missiles are particularly critical in that they’re capable of inflicting damage
to key military air bases in South Korea that house F-35A stealth fighter jets,… making
it difficult to restore runways when they’re targeted. They’re thought to be hard to intercept considering
their low flight altitude,… which was recorded at some 48 kilometers,… and their maximum
flight speed of Mach six-point-one,… which is around 7-thousand-466 kilometers per hour. They’re different from the other short-range
ballistic missiles the North has launched this summer, which South Korea’s Joint Chiefs
of Staff had said, based on simulations, that they’re able to neutralize… using the Patriot
anti-missile system. The spokesperson for the presidential office
of Cheong Wa Dae, however, countered speculation Monday that it is not true South Korea is
unprepared to counter the missiles currently being fired by North Korea… and that the
government has always stated North Korea’s short-range ballistic missiles could be intercepted
by the anti-missile systems based on the Patriot. Based on photographs released by the North,
the latest weapon is not believed to be same one it test-fired on July 31st… which local
military experts said appeared to be a mutliple-launch rocket system equipped with a caliber of 400
milimeters, a size which is bigger than the 300 milimeters seen until now. “And local experts say that means it’s now
capable of targeting critical facilities in South Korea more accurately. Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.”

4 Comments

  • Reply B.S Stonza August 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    This guy can threat. Please give him what he want and let us stay in peace . we want peace

  • Reply takasi 1 August 13, 2019 at 5:07 am

    将軍様、文は、失敗しました。
    北に残った家族は、全員処刑して下さい。

  • Reply Nat Sashikata August 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

    remember that time when you though SK army intelligence was reliable. LOL
    SK:NK Missile launch into Japan range is 600-680
    JP:NK Missile range is <600
    SK:NK Missile range is <600
    The only intelligence Japan would lose in this are the Spies SK send to NK, Human resources.

  • Reply Nat Sashikata August 13, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Are you sure you want PEACE, I mean didnt Moon Moon say that "We will united with NK against Japan trade Sanctions"? LOL Speaking of I want to beat you in economy, You go and turn to the most stupid in Class to unit against One of the strongest in Asia after China LOL. I should praise for that?

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