How North Korea hopes to fluster US and ROK defenses with cruise missiles
Low altitude and quick launch time make new Pulhwasal series hard to spot in combat, especially if fired from submarine
North Korea has started 2024 with a flurry of launches. After introducing a new solid-propellant maneuvering reentry vehicle-capable ballistic missile, Pyongyang’s focus has shifted to cruise missiles, conducting four separate launch events in a 10-day span between Jan. 24 and Feb. 2.
These tests have involved the Hwasal-2, a medium-range cruise missile first introduced in 2021, and a new missile known as the Pulhwasal-3-31. Both systems have been described as nuclear-capable by North Korea.
Cruise missiles have been an important component of North Korea’s ongoing qualitative military modernization efforts under Kim Jong Un’s five-year plan
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