|Acquired:||Believed operational as of April 2015|
|Country of origin:||North Korea|
|Introduced:||First appeared during a military parade on April 2012. In October 2015, a modified version with a blunter nose appeared in a parade. No known flight tests reported as of June 2016.|
|Class:||Intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) – potentially Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)|
|Range:||3,106.9 – 3,728.2 miles (5,000 – 6,000 km)|
|Warhead:||Nuclear, chemical, biological, or high-explosive warhead (payload: 1,102.3 – 2,204.6 lbs (500-1,000 kg)|
|Length:||57.4 – 65 ft (17.5 – 19.8 m)|
|Diameter:||6.6 ft (2 m)|
|Propellant:||Multi-stage using liquid fuel|
|Launch Platform:||16 x wheel transporter-erector-launcher (TEL)|
|Notes:||The initial KN-08s that appeared in 2012 with prominent conical nosecones are commonly believed to be just mock-ups. The later version seen in 2015 is still under development with the engines tested in May 2014 and reentry vehicle nosecone tested in March 2016.|
- Kelsey Davenport, “North Korea Tests Missile for Submarine,” Arms Control Association, June 2015.
- “IHS Jane’s examines North Korean missile bases,” IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review, 2015.
- Missile Threat Project, “KN-08,” George C. Marshall and Claremont Institutes, November 30, 2012.
- Nuclear Threat Initiative, “North Korea – Missile,” James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, June 2016.
- Michael Arthur, “KN-08 / Hwasong-13,” Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, June 2014.
- Anthony H. Cordesman and Ashley Hess, The Evolving Military Balance in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, Volume III: Missile, DPRK and ROK Nuclear Forces, and External Nuclear Forces, Center for Strategic & International Studies (Washington: Rowman & Littlefield, June 2013), page 19.
- Richard D. Fisher Jr., “North Korea unveils new version of KN-08 ICBM,” IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, October 13, 2015.
- Jon Harper, “NORAD commander: North Korean KN-08 missile operational,” Stars and Stripes, April 7, 2015.
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