DPRK Fires 3 Ballistic Missiles

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  1. Pathfinder

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    North Korea fires three ballistic missiles

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    By James Griffiths and K.J. Kwon, CNN

    (CNN)North Korea fired three ballistic missiles Monday morning, according to South Korea's military.

    The missiles were fired from areas around Hwangju county, in North Hwanghae province, towards the Sea of Japan, South Korea's military said in a statement.
    Officials said the launch was believed to be of mid-range Rodong missiles, and flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) "without giving any prior navigational warning."

    It comes just under two weeks after Pyongyang test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
    That missile entered Japan's air defense identification zone, the first time that has happened. Monday's launch also fired missiles into the Japanese defense zone, again without warning.

    More here:
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/05/asia/north-korea-ballistic-missiles/

    It seems like the THAAD deployment in Korea is proving more and more that it is needed, it would be best if we could make the Chinese happy by removing it but the recent DPRK developments can't be completely ignored. I think the best way forward is to help South Korea develop its own THAAD system or to simply give them some and pull ours out.
     
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    We laugh at them. Think they are no threat with an antiquated military boasting only small numbers of modern gear and large numbers of largely obsolete kit. But they are making scary progress with their ballistic missile programs and their missiles are a real, credible threat to regional players.

    After a series of failures, the Musudan has found recent success.

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    And North Korea's SLBM the KN-11, based on the old, but reliable R-27, is fast becoming a real headache that's not to be scoffed at. It's launcher being a modified Romoe called Sinpo Class.

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    THAAD is absolutely needed, as are additional ABM capable ships or facilities like AEGIS Ashore in Japan, though THAAD has limitations, as noted here

    The fast pace of Pyongyang's submarine-launched ballistic missile program, with its first successful cold launch test occurring just four months ago, stands to outpace the capabilities of the single Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system recently installed in the mountains of south-central South Korea. THAAD can only track and engage targets within about a 120-degree cone in the direction it faces. This puts the North Korean mainland, and their quickly-evolving ground-based ballistic missiles based there, in its crosshairs. But the fact that North Korea is gaining the capability to launch ballistic missiles hundreds of miles from their shores means that the country can execute attacks outside the detection-and-engagement envelope of the single THAAD system.

    This reality has resulted in calls for a second THAAD battery to be installed in South Korea to theoretically increase the system’s coverage by another 120 degrees, or 240 degrees in total, although two systems’ conical engagement envelopes are likely to overlap to some degree, decreasing their combined azimuth slightly. Now the question is whether THAAD could intercept a medium-range ballistic missile fired at an extreme trajectory, like that of the KN-11 last week. That's another issue entirely, as the system has not been tested against countering that profile of attack.

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    We can laugh at the mock-ups they parade around, cheer then their missiles fail after a few seconds, joy in their nuclear programs continued fizzles, but it's all ignorance. The North Korean ballistic missile program is making gains that can't be ignored.

    Fortunately both South Korea, the US and Japan realize this, and I suspect China does too.
     
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    From the test:

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    The North Korean regime is like that spoiled kid that makes tantrums, and that missile test is the said "tantrums."
     
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