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DPRK Documentary Film Shows Kim Jong Il Inspecting Nodong, KN-08 Missiles

Late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il stands close to a TEL carrying a version of the Nodong medium-rang ballistic missile during a guidance visit that appears to be from the early 2000s.  The image is from a documentary film aired  by DPRK state media to mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So'ngun) Revolutionary Leadership (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il stands close to a TEL carrying a version of the Nodong medium-rang ballistic missile during a guidance visit that appears to be from the early 2000s. The image is from a documentary film aired by DPRK state media to mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

To mark the 53rd anniversary of Military-First (So’ngun) Revolutionary Leadership, DPRK state media aired another installment of the documentary film series General Kim Jong Il’s Matchless Patriotic  Defense of the Country.  The film splices together a variety of footage of Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) conducting field inspections of Korean People’s Army [KPA] units, KPA economic activity and arms and munitions factories.  During scenes of his visits to arms factories, Kim Jong Il is shown touring an unknown weapons production facility  during the early 2000s.  In the scene KJI is shown standing next to a Nodong medium-range ballistic missile on a TEL (transporter-erector-launcher).  Footage from the same visit also shows what is possibly the fabled KN-08 road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile.  It is not clear where this visit occurred, although possibilities include one of the machine factories in Jagang (Chagang) Province, a building at the Sanum-dong Research Facility in northern Pyongyang, the Tae-sung Machine Factory outside Namp’o or some other factory  under the Second Economy Commission (Second Economic Committee) or the Second Academy of Natural Sciences.

Transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) carrying a version of the Nodong medium-range ballistic missile (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) carrying a version of the Nodong medium-range ballistic missile (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Nose cone of a Nodong medium-rang ballistic missile (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

Nose cone of a Nodong medium-rang ballistic missile (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

View of what is possibly the KN-08 road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile on what appears to be the WS51200 TEL (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

View of what appears to be the KN-08 road mobile intercontinental ballistic missile on a TEL (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

View of another mobile ballistic missile at what appears to be an arms factory or development facility (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

View of another mobile ballistic missile at what appears to be an arms factory or development facility (Photo: KCTV screengrab).

4 comments on “DPRK Documentary Film Shows Kim Jong Il Inspecting Nodong, KN-08 Missiles

  1. Joskip
    09/03/2013

    Does anyone know what particular version the first missile is? I’ve not been able to find it on a 5-axle TEL yet.

    Also, a pretty interesting aspect of the video is not covered here, as it also showed what can only be the mod. 1984 370mm 3-barelled recoilless gun, a system that wasn’t known before.

    I wrote some on it here:
    http://koreadprk.tumblr.com/

    • nkleadershipwatch
      09/06/2013

      Tough to say which TEL model is used for Nodong or for what appears to be the KN-08–you might look at some old Soviet/Warsaw Pact models (which is what we’ve been doing at the present).

      Michael

      • Joskip
        09/06/2013

        Well it would seem it uses the same TEL as the Nodong:

        …which in turn appears to be an elongated vesion of the Hwasong’s TEL (which I can imagine is identical to the Scud’s MAZ-7310):

        …except that now it appears to be a Hwasong-like missile mounted on the Nodong’s TEL, a combination I have never before seen. Perhaps it is a new development in the Hwasong-5/6 line?

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