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
- 01State media review: Drought forecast raises risks to North Korean food security
- 02Russian ship rejoins North Korea weapons trade, only for operation to go on hold
- 03Russia obscures North Korea arms trade by moving operation out of military port
- 04How great power competition is shaping North Korea’s grand strategy
- 05Why talks on North Korea’s nuclear program still can’t get off the ground
- 06North Korea hints beach resort twice as long as Waikiki may finally open soon
- 07State media review: North Korea slams US ‘air pirates’ for raising risk of war
- 08What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024