A titan among trucks: What North Korea’s ‘monster’ Hwasong-16 TEL really means
This massive new vehicle may be impractical, but its development shows North Korea can now make its own mobile launchers
Since the Oct. 10 parade commemorating the Workers’ Party of Korea 75th founding anniversary, there has been plenty of discussion concerning its centerpiece: the new “monster” Hwasong-16, the largest road-mobile ICBM in the world.
What hasn’t been as well-covered is the transporter erector launcher (TEL) responsible for transporting the missile in question. North Korea has been attempting to manufacture TELs since the very beginning of its ballistic missile program in the 1980s, but the designs have consistently lagged far behind the quality of its missiles – until recently, that is.
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