驻韩美军确认朝鲜“火星-15”洲际弹道导弹可打击美国本土任一目标(英文)

 英国《简氏防务周刊》7月11日讯,驻韩美军正式确认,朝鲜“火星-15”公路机动洲际弹道导弹具备战略打击美国本土任一目标的能力。该导弹曾在2017年首次试验,当时朝鲜号称可打到美国,但除了美国学者认可外,美国政府和军方评估后认为,导弹弹头再入大气层有致命技术障碍,无能力打击美国本土,而且日本防务省评估后也仅认为导弹射程在5500公里以上。美军这次说法转变,是源于驻韩美军与“联合国军司令部和韩美联合司令部”合办的“战略文摘”透露的,据称“火星-15”导弹的射程可达到12875公里,全部覆盖美国本土。

USFK confirms North Korea’s Hwaseong-15 ICBM can target all of US mainland

11 July 2019

United States Forces Korea (USFK) has confirmed North Korean claims that the Northeast Asian country’s Hwaseong-15 (also spelled Hwasong-15) road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can strike targets anywhere in the US mainland.

The weapon, which was test-fired by North Korea on 29 November 2017, has an estimated range of 8,000 miles (12,875 km), meaning that it is “capable of striking any part” of the US mainland, said USFK in its ‘2019 Strategic Digest’, which it published jointly with United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command.

For comparison, in its 2018 Defense White Paper the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) had put the weapon’s range at “more than 10,000 km”.

On the day the ICBM was test-launched Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated that the Hwaseong-15 had reached an altitude of 4,475 km and flown a linear distance of 950 km before coming down, making it the ballistic missile with the potential for the longest range so far tested by Pyongyang.

However, no information has yet emerged about the size of the payload the Hwaseong-15 was carrying when test-fired, which would ultimately affect its range.

The KCNA has described the Hwaseong-15 as an ICBM “tipped with super-large heavy warhead”, offering “greater advantages in its tactical and technological specifications and technical characteristics than [the] Hwaseong-14 [ICBM]”, which during a 28 July 2017 test-launch reached a reported altitude of 3,724.9 km and flew a linear distance of 998 km before coming down.

As for the Hwaseong-14, which was first test-fired on 4 July 2017, USFK said that the missile could reach “most” of the US mainland, given its estimated range of 6,250 miles. The Japanese MoD had put the range of this weapon at “more than 5,500 km”.