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posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 12 2022, @10:59PM   Printer-friendly

Suspected North Korea missile test hit speed of Mach 10, more advanced than previous test, Seoul says:

Tuesday's projectile was launched from Jangang province, near the North Korean border with China and landed in the ocean between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, its flight covering a distance of more than 700 kilometers (435 miles) and reaching a height of 60 kilometers (37 miles), the statement said.

North Korea said Wednesday that it successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile, according to North Korean state media, making it the third alleged test of such a weapon by the Kim Jong Un regime. Kim attended the launch, state media reported.

Assessment of the test by South Korean and United States intelligence was ongoing, but initial analysis showed Tuesday's test, in which the projectile reached a speed of Mach 10 was of a more advanced weapon than the test North Korea conducted last Thursday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs said.

That test was of what North Korean state media claimed was a hypersonic missile, the second alleged test of such a weapon by the Kim Jong Un regime. However, many experts doubted this claim.

A hypersonic missile actually refers to the payload that a rocket carries aloft. In this case, that payload could be what is called a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV).

An HGV can theoretically fly as fast as 20 times the speed of sound and can be very manoeuvrable in flight, making it almost impossible to shoot down, according to experts.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:00AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:00AM (#1212250)

    Given the scope and ability of the two countries, and given that China announced a test of a hypersonic missile not that long ago should we just "thank" China now for handing such technology to their client state now? It kind of makes you wonder how much China helped their nuke program, if that isn't confirmed already. This is looking like China's Ukraine.

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  • (Score: 0, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:04AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:04AM (#1212253)

    If China was involved in NK's nuclear program then they were involved in Syria's as well since both programs used identical facilities. That would be a blatant NPT violation.

    • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:35AM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:35AM (#1212257) Journal

      Well I fully expect our UN reps to stamp their feet or something in retaliation. But using another nation to do your weapons testing for you isn't so bad an idea from their point of view.

  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by driverless on Thursday January 13 2022, @08:06AM

    by driverless (4770) on Thursday January 13 2022, @08:06AM (#1212365)

    China doesn't want DPRK as anything more than a buffer zone against South Korea. Having an impoverished regime that wastes what little money it has on experimental military toys is exactly right for Chinese policy.

    In terms of the allegedly hypersonic missile, this is just another one of DPRK's endless scarecrow tech demonstrators, a one-off that can go really fast in a straight line if it doesn't blow up on the launch pad or fall out of the sky while armed with the Golfball of Doom (their missiles mostly have a throw weight of nothing) isn't going to cause me to lose any sleep.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday January 13 2022, @06:55PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13 2022, @06:55PM (#1212482) Journal

    If NK were to launch missiles at some nation that then retaliated with nuclear weapons against NK, I wonder how China would like nukes landing right along part of their Southern border?

    Maybe China should have some interest in how wacko of a leader NK should be allowed to halve.

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