July 09, 2020

In aid of Juche: how Cuban anti-submarine helicopters ended up in North Korea
The DPRK attempted to rectify its rudimentary ASW capabilities by dealing with Havana in the early 2000s

Crippling though it may have been to the North Korean economy and its international standing, the DPRK's obsession with "Juche" -- particularly its defense-related focus -- has been uniquely effective at ensuring its armed forces remain well equipped.

Few nations (and none with an economic situation comparable to the DPRK's) manage to produce quite so many of their armaments indigenously, be it from small arms to armored vehicles, surface ships to submarines, and even a vast array of strategic weaponry.