Pyongyang launches 10 ballistic missiles simultaneously towards the Sea of ​​Japan

Since 2017, North Korea has significantly increased the frequency of ballistic and cruise missile launches, going from launching a few missiles each year, three launches, including two failures, in 2016, to more than 20 in 2017, including several testing of ICBMs and SLBMs with strategic capabilities.

2022 was the densest year ever recorded in this area, with nearly a hundred short-range ballistic missile launches, as well as around ten launches of IRBM, ICBM and SLBM missiles with strategic potential, and as many long-range cruise missiles.

If 2023 was less intense in this area, the number of these shots has increased again since the start of 2024, reaching an unparalleled peak on May 30. Indeed, the Japanese authorities announced that they had detected, today, the simultaneous launch of around ten short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​Japan.

For the first time, North Korea launches a salvo of ten short-range ballistic missiles towards the Sea of ​​​​Japan

If North Korea has already fired several ballistic missiles on the same day, and fired two missiles simultaneously, it has, on the other hand, never, until now, trigger the simultaneous firing of 10 ballistic missiles.

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The KN-17, or Hwasong-12, is an IRBM with a range of 6000 km, first presented in April 2017.

Indeed, until now, apart from a few demonstrations of force in reaction to announcements from South Korea, Japan or the United States, a majority of these shots had the function of testing the new systems.

Thus, North Korea has designed, assembled and tested no less than ten types of short-range ballistic missiles SRBM, intermediate-range ballistic missiles IRBM, inter-continental ballistic missiles ICBM, medium-changing ballistic missiles SLBM and cruise missiles, since 2015. In fact, the vast majority of these shots had the function of verifying the behavior of the new KN-17, KN-23, and other Pukguksong, freshly designed.

Today's firing, probably KN-23 or KN-25 SRBM missiles, traveled 350 kilometers to crash in the Japanese exclusive economic zone, in the Sea of ​​Japan. No warning of the launch had been issued by Pyongyang, as usual.

This simultaneous firing of ten SRBM missiles is a first for North Korea. It was certainly no longer a question of testing the missiles, or their implementation, but of evaluating the effects of a saturation attack, and of training for this, in order to effectively obtain departures, or even impacts. , simultaneous or very close together, in space and time.

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The North Korean KN-23 SRBM missile is very similar to the Russian Iskander. For the moment, the KN-23 is not armed with a nuclear warhead, as North Korea does not have sufficient technology to miniaturize the warheads. But that could quickly change, with Russia's help.

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