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DPRK missiles becoming more difficult for Japan to intercept

  • September 29, 2021
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All networks reported at noon that the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported this morning that North Korea carried out its first test-launch of a newly developed hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8 on Tuesday morning, saying that this is believed to be the short-range missile that North Korea fired on Tuesday.


Fuji TV commentator Nose Nobuyuki pointed out that it has become more difficult for Japan to intercept North Korean missiles using its missile defense system, saying: “This upper part of the missile with wings is called a hypersonic glide vehicle. This travels toward the target along an irregular trajectory at a hypersonic speed of Mach 5 or more… The ballistic missiles that have posed a threat to Japan up until now follow regular trajectories until they land on their targets. Hypersonic missiles, however, travel toward their targets while moving from side to side and up and down after being launched.” Nose reportedly said this will make it extremely difficult to launch interceptor missiles because a predictable target is a prerequisite to using a missile defense system.

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