Monster Missile Hwasong-17

North Korea has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) named Hwasong-17. This missile is the biggest ICBM ever developed.

Overview:

  • This missile can potentially deliver a nuclear warhead to any United States location.
  • This missile is being named a ‘monster missile’ by analysts.
  • In 2020, at a military parade that was held to mark the ruling Workers’ Party’s 75th anniversary, this missile was first displayed to the public.
  • In Pyongyang, in 2021, it was again displayed at a defense exhibition.
  • Due to this missile’s size, it is being speculated that the Hwasong-17 can carry multiple decoys and warheads so as to efficiently penetrate a country’s missile defense system.

Specifications of this missile

The Hwasong-17 flew at an altitude of 6248.5 km for 1090 km. During the testing of this missile, it also hit a target that was placed in the Sea of Japan. This missile was airborne for 67.5 minutes. In 2017, the previously tested Hwasong-15 covered 950 km over 53 minutes and reached around 4,475 km altitude.

Unlike the country’s previous testing of ICBM, the Hwasong-17 missile was launched for testing from a Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicle.

This missile is the world’s largest liquid-fuelled ICBM. The diameter of this missile is between 2.4 and 2.5 meters. When fully fuelled, it has a total mass of around 80,000 to 1,10,000 kg.

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