North Korea on Thursday tested a recently developed anti-aircraft missile that shows “remarkable combat performance,” according to the official North Korean agency KCNA.
The North Korean Academy of Defense Sciences conducted the test with the aim of confirming the missile’s overall combat functionality and the practical capabilities of the launcher, radar and combat command vehicle.
The test monitored by the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, Pak Jong Chon, demonstrated the “remarkable combat performance” of the anti-aircraft missile, which influenced the “rapid response, precision of guidance and the range of the target of the missile control system,” the academy said.
It was also alleged that the test launch was “of great practical importance” for future research and development of various types of anti-aircraft missile systems in Pyongyang.
North Korea confirmed Tuesday that it was testing a newly developed hypersonic missile, a demonstration discovered and analyzed by the Japanese and South Korean authorities and the United States. In addition, she recently tested a new rail rocket system.
Pyongyang is subject to international sanctions for its nuclear weapons program, as United Nations resolutions prohibit ballistic missile testing.
For years it has also been developing missiles that can not only reach South Korea and Japan, but can also carry warheads to the USA, and has declared itself a nuclear power.