Ukraine may have supplied missile technology to North Korea

A high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) from a foreign source may be behind the recent breakthrough in tests of intermediate range Hwasong-12 and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-14, said Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

In a study published on Monday, he claimed the technology displayed by North Korea is based on the Soviet RD-250 family of engines, according to the available footage.

Even though it can’t be proven, analysts said, the hardware was probably illicitly obtained from Ukraine’s KB Yuzhnoye, with possible ties stretching to Russia’s Energomash concern. They explained the findings with the lack of evidence the isolated regime ever developed and tested a series of smaller, less powerful engines as stepping stones.

They explained the findings with the lack of evidence the isolated regime ever developed and tested a series of smaller, less powerful engines as stepping stones.

The struggling Ukrainian factory is the most probable source behind the modification of the earlier version of the turbopump or a switch to a new solution, the study claims. The possibility that engineers came to North Korea to work on the technology is “less likely, given the absence of any known production facility” that would match requirements, IISS adds.

The possibility that engineers came to North Korea to work on the technology is “less likely, given the absence of any known production facility” that would match requirements, IISS adds.

Source: TeleTrader



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