The modern North Korean Army maintains a considerable stash of artillery systems - both towed and self-propelled. Part of this inventory includes self-propelled rocket-projecting vehicles - or Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs) - with ever-increasing range and ballistic capabilities. Among the group available to the Army service is the "KN-09". Believed to have been designed and developed around 2014 or earlier, the KN-09 was introduced for service in 2016. It is thought to be based / influenced on the Soviet-Russian BM-30 "Smerch" series of vehicles (detailed elsewhere on this site).
At the heart of the KN-09 system is an eight-tube launcher component fielding 300mm (12") battlefield surface-to-surface rockets. These rockets have a suspected maximum range between 100 and 200 kilometers and can mount various warheads (including chemical, incendiary and mines) beyond the typical HE-FRAG (High-Explosive, FRAGmentation) type. The eight rockets arrive as two four-shot units and can be reloaded as an entire four-shot pod allowing the system to fire subsequent rocket loads in short order. Setup time is minimal as is reloading the ammunition. Reloads are dependent on accompanying resupply vehicles.
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