NEW: The missiles North Korea tested on August 26 into the Sea of Japan are a new Scud-B MaRV mod known as the KN21
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By Ankit Panda September 14, 2017
U.S. military intelligence has identified and designated a new type of North Korean short-range ballistic missile (SRBM). The missile is assessed to be a modification of North Korea's existing Scud-B missiles, U.S. government sources with knowledge of the latest U.S. intelligence assessments on North Korea tell The Diplomat.
Three units of the ballistic missiles in question, which have been newly designated the KN21 by the United States, were tested on August 26 in quick succession from North Korea's missile launch site at Kittaeryong.
North Korea launched those missiles at a depressed trajectory intentionally, a source told The Diplomat. Two of the missiles — the first and third — were observed to have successfully flown to a range of approximately 250 kilometers. One missile — the second — exploded shortly after launch.
As The Diplomat discussed last month, the missiles had first been incorrectly assessed by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) to have all failed. PACOM later revised its assessment.
South Korean intelligence misidentified the missiles as projectiles from a KN09 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) — an assessment likely based on the fact that these were unitary, non-separating Scuds with an unusual trajectory.
Coincidentally, the launches came shortly after South Korea launched one Hyunmoo-IIB and two Hyunmoo-IIC SRBMs of its own in an undisclosed test series over two days.
South Korea ultimately released footage of ...
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