North Korea’s engine test brings it a step closer to dream of solid-fuel ICBMs
Like a firework waiting to be lit, solid-propellant missiles can be ready for use quickly in a conflict
North Korea is one step closer to possessing a solid-propellant intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) after carrying out its first-ever known test of a large-diameter solid rocket motor at a new horizontal test stand.
The Academy of Defense Science, with leader Kim Jong Un’s guidance, tested a new “high-thrust solid-fuel motor with a thrust of 140tf (ton force)” at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Thursday. Photographs showed a large wound-filament-encased motor with a single thruster at the new test stand.
The diameter of the new engine is likely in the 1.9-2.2 meter range, and
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