朝鲜发射“最新研制超大型多管火箭炮”,为本月第7次武器试验(英文)

据Jane’s Defence Weekly2019年8月27日报道,朝鲜最新导弹系统为四管发射大口径制导火箭炮。8月25日,朝鲜宣布于前一天成功发射“最新研制的超大型多管火箭炮”,为该国本月第7次武器试验,并将进一步推进战术武器现代化。朝中社公布的试验图片显示,配备四根发射管的 8×8运输安装发射车在某机场跑道,发射的大口径弹射弹弹头有四个小控制面,均为朝鲜操作制导火箭炮的显著特征,图像显示的射弹口径超过 370 mm。

North Korea test-fires new ‘super-large’ multiple rocket launcher

27 August 2019
North Korea’s new weapon system is fitted with four launch tubes that can fire what appear to be large-calibre guided-artillery rockets. Source: KCNA

North Korea announced on 25 August that it successfully test-fired what it described as a “newly developed, super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]” the previous day: the Northeast Asian country’s seventh weapon test within a month and a further indication that it continues to modernise its tactical weapon systems.

Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the test-firing “proved that all the tactical and technological specifications of the system correctly reached the preset indexes”.

Images of the test launch released by KCNA show an 8×8 transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicle fitted with four launch tubes at what appears to be an airport runway. One of the images shows a large-calibre projectile being launched that seems to have four small control surfaces on its nose: a feature seen on guided-artillery rockets used in North Korea and other countries. The calibre of the projectile shown in the image appears to be larger than 370 mm.

The KCNA did not provide further details about the new system, quoting only North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as praising the country’s national defence scientists for being “so clever as to conceive out of their own heads and design and complete the weapon system at one go-off, although they have never seen it”.

Kim was also quoted as underscoring “the need to push ahead with an ‘indomitable offensive campaign’ to put our strength onto the level desired by us to continue to step up the development of Korean-style strategic and tactical weapons for resolutely frustrating the ever-mounting military threats and pressure offensive of the hostile forces”.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) had said the previous day that North Korea fired what appeared to be two “short-range ballistic missiles” (SRBMs) at 0645 h and 0702 h local time from an area near the eastern town of Sondok in the country’s South Hamgyong Province.