North Korean Improved ICBM
Friday Live 7/28
July 28-The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) demonstrated a longer range Hwasong-14 ICBM from a previously unknown launch site.
The missile's apogee was nearly 2800Km into space, with a 47 minute time-of-flight. This extrapolates into an approximate 10,000km range, placing most of Western North America within striking distance. It is unknown if a simulated payload was onboard.
DPRK video indicated to experts that an improved engine, debuted earlier this year, might have powered the rocket. At this point of DPRK missile development, these are no longer tests, but rather, validations or more accurately, drills.
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) geo-locators have not fixed the exact launch site. This is a troubling development as the DPRK has shown an effective ability to spoof satellites with decoy launch sites complete with groundcrew and vehicles.