Explainer: North Korea's 'monster' new ballistic missile

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North Korea unveiled a new intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, in a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Oct. 10.

According to North Korea analysts 38 North, the Hwasong-16 is estimated to be 25 meters to 26 meters in length and 2.5 to 2.9 meters in diameter. That's about 4 to 4.5 meters longer and about half a meter wider in diameter than the Hwasong-15 ICBM, which was flight tested only once in November of 2017.

"It's huge," Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network, told Bloomberg. She called the new ICBM "a monster."

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington estimates the range of Hwasong-15 at 8,500 to 13,000 kilometers. Experts believe the Hwasong-16 has a similar range, meaning it could hit anywhere in the continental U.S.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Hwasong-16 missile on transporter erector launcher
2. Comparison of Hwasong-16 and Hwasong-15
3. Estimated range of Hwasong-16 and Hwasong-15
4. Hwasong-16 launches
5. Hwasong-16 deploys strategic warheads

VOICEOVER (in English):

"North Korea unveiled a new intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, in a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, Oct. 10."

"According to North Korea analysts 38 North, the Hwasong-16 is estimated to be 25 meters to 26 meters in length and 2.5 to 2.9 meters in diameter. That's about 4 to 4.5 meters longer and about half a meter wider in diameter than the Hwasong-15 ICBM, which was flight tested only once in November of 2017."

"The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington estimates the range of Hwasong-15 at 8,500 to 13,000 kilometers. Experts believe the Hwasong-16 has a similar range, meaning it could hit anywhere in the continental United States."

"However, the new two-stage, liquid-fuelled ICBM is assumed to have a larger strategic payload."

"The Hwasong-15 is thought to be configured with a single warhead. Experts speculate that the Hwasong-16 could carry as many as four warheads, which would greatly increase the burden on U.S. missile defense systems."

SOURCES: Bloomberg, 38 North, Aviation Week, BBC, CSIS, Center for Strategic and International Studies
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-12/kim-jong-un-s-monster-icbm-meant-to-overwhelm-u-s-defenses?sref=MoqWC4ba
https://www.38north.org/2020/10/vdiepenmelleman101020/
https://aviationweek.com/special-topics/air-dominance/signs-multiple-warheads-new-north-korean-icbm
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54500550
https://missilethreat.csis.org/country/dprk/