How does North Korea track its long-distance missile tests?
North Korea faces significant hurdles to collect real-time telemetry from long-distance missile tests
North Korea’s two most recent intermediate range missile tests, which both involved the newly developed Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBM), demonstrated an ever-improving capability to reach targets far, far away from the peninsula.
The August 28 Hwasong-12 launch resulted in splashdown 2,700km from launch, while the September 14 test-fire resulted in a splashdown some 3,400km from Pyongyang – the furthest-ever North Korean ballistic missile test in history – excluding satellite launch attempts.
Pictured observing the two tests from a runway at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport, Kim Jong Un was shown in official state media in both cases
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