North Korea Announces Successful Test of Missile with Multiple Warheads

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.27 - 2024 7:52 AM CET

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The test involved the separation and control of multiple independent reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads.

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North Korea's regime announced the successful test of a new missile technology.

According to state media, the test involved the separation and control of multiple independent reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads.

These warheads reportedly hit three coordinated targets, showcasing Pyongyang's advancing missile capabilities.

The test aimed to demonstrate the ability to launch several independent warheads using a single ballistic missile, a significant step in enhancing their offensive capabilities.

South Korea Reports Potential Hypersonic Missile Test

South Korean military officials reported that North Korea tested what appeared to be a hypersonic missile on the same day. '

However, the projectile exploded mid-flight after traveling approximately 250 kilometers over the Sea of Japan.

The explosion raised suspicions that it might have been a solid-fuel rocket, which exhibited unusual combustion issues due to excessive smoke emissions.

According to South Korean sources, the missile was likely an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a range of 170 to 200 kilometers, utilizing a solid-fuel first stage.

Advancements in Solid-Fuel and Hypersonic Technologies

North Korea has long sought to master advanced hypersonic and solid-fuel technologies to improve its missile capabilities.

These advancements make it harder for South Korea and the United States to detect and neutralize North Korean missiles, as solid-fuel rockets can be deployed faster without the need for pre-launch refueling.

Despite ongoing UN sanctions since their second nuclear test in 2009, North Korea continues to develop its nuclear and weapons programs.

In addition to missile tests, North Korea has recently irritated its southern neighbor by sending balloons filled with trash and excrement across the border almost daily.