BM-25 Musudan

Operator: Iran North Korea
Status: Reported, no confirmation Under Development
Number: 18 Unknown
Cost: Unknown Unknown
Acquired: Purchased in 2005 (parts were intercepted in 2009 in transit from North Korea to Iran) Development began in 2003
General Specs:
Country of origin: North Korea
Manufacturer: North Korea
Introduced: 2003
Class: Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM)
Range: 2,500-4,000 km (1553-2485 miles)
Warhead: Single warhead (HE or nuclear) (1,200 kg)
Speed: Unknown
Weight: 19,000-26,000 kg (41,888-57,320 lbs)
Length: 12.0-19.0 m (39.4-62.3 ft)
Diameter: 1.5-2.0 m (4.9-6.6 ft)
Propellant: One or two stage liquid propellant
Guidance System: Inertial
Accuracy: 1,600 m CEP
Launch Platform: Ground Launched/Transporter Erector Launcher
Notes: North Korean version of a Soviet SS-N-6 submarine-launched missile. Also known as the Nodong-B or Hwasong-10.
Tests of the missile have reported failed as many as fives times. But the last test in June 2016 is believe to have been a partial success demonstrating an improved propulsion system.
There is some debate regarding whether Iran’s BM-25 are in fact based on the SS-N-6.

Sources:

  • Musudan (BM-25),” Missile Threat, George C. Marshall and Claremont Institutes, November 15, 2012.
  • Markus Schiller and Robert H. Schmucker, “Explaining the Musudan,” Arms Control Wonk, May 31, 2012.

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