Surface Forces: North Korea Honors the Past

Archives

p>

May 30, 2007: North Koreas May 26th missile test was more of a vapid protest against the launching of a new South Korea warship (a 7,900 ton destroyer equipped with the Aegis radar system), than a demonstration of fearsome military technology. While South Korea was showing off the latest in naval technology, North Korea was test firing a half century old anti-ship missile design. This was an NX-1 missile, an updated version of the original anti-ship missile, the Russian SS-N-1. This is a three ton missile that never really amounted to much, and was withdrawn from Russian service in the 1970s. The North Korea version has a longer range (at least 110 kilometers) and is supposed to be more reliable and accurate.

 

North Korea has become quite the expert in taking old Russian missile designs, cleaning them up, and building them for their own use, and for export. While these missiles can be effective, never forget that they are, in some cases, half century old technology, going up against 21st century countermeasures. South Korean intelligence also noted that the North Koreans had not removed the test equipment from the coast, and is apparently going to test some more missiles shortly.

 

 

 

Article Archive

Surface Forces : Current 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 1999

X

Save StrategyPage

Over the years, we have tried to keep in-your-face ads off our site. If our readers have complained about an ad, we have looked into it and 90% of the time removed the ad. Unfortunately, revenues from standard ads are just not enough to keep us alive.

What can you do to help resuscitate StrategyPage? There are three possibilities:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

We appreciate any help you can give us.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close