DPRK conducts test fire of tactical ballistic missile with new autonomous navigation system

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18th May 2024 – (Seoul) The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) carried out a test fire of a tactical ballistic missile equipped with an advanced autonomous navigation system in its eastern waters on Friday, as reported by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Saturday.

According to the KCNA report, the test confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the newly developed autonomous navigation system. The supreme leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong Un, who is also the general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the State Affairs, personally oversaw the test fire. He expressed his satisfaction with the military strategic value achieved through the independent development and successful implementation of the autonomous navigation system.

In addition to the missile test, Kim Jong Un visited a defence industrial complex responsible for producing major weapons and equipment. During the visit, he familiarized himself with the technologies of newly upgraded weapons and equipment. The KCNA reported that Kim expressed his pleasure at the “remarkable progress” made by the enterprise.

The report highlighted that the DPRK’s awareness of the security risks posed by enemy forces engaging in reckless military confrontations has further emphasized the necessity of strengthening the country’s nuclear war deterrent. Kim Jong Un stressed the importance of accelerating efforts to enhance the nation’s nuclear capabilities “without halt or hesitation.”

The test fire and Kim Jong Un’s subsequent visits to defence facilities demonstrate the DPRK’s ongoing commitment to advancing its military capabilities. The development of an autonomous navigation system for tactical ballistic missiles signifies a significant step forward in the country’s defence technology.