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.
A TEL HISTORY
- 01Timeline: From North Korean satellite launch to Yoon-Kishida summit in Seoul
- 02State media review: North Korea says ‘no reason’ it can’t meet with Japan
- 03North Korea primed for quick rebound after satellite launch failure: Analysis
- 04What to make of conflicting signs about a North Korean border reopening
- 05North Korea hacked an election body. But political interference wasn’t the goal.
- 06Secrecy surrounding North Korea’s upcoming plenum points to big changes afoot
- 07State media review: North Korea provides a front-row seat to anti-Yoon protests
- 08By linking radars, ROK and Japan reduce blind spots around North Korean missiles
- 09Poker face: North Korea tries new strategy in crackdown on ‘bluffing’ and lying
- 10State media review: ‘Little Boy’ spooks North Korea ahead of warm weather season