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North Korean launch site of nuclear-capable ballistic missile identified




Above image: North Korea's town Kaepoong seen from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Source: PA

Jane's has identified the launch site used by North Korea to test a road-mobile Pukkuksong-2 ballistic missile on the morning of 12 February.

road-mobile Pukkuksong-2 ballistic missile test site idenified

Above - test firing location. Image source: Airbus Defence and Security Satellite imagery 

Nick Hansen, a Jane's contributor, previously identified the location to Jane's as a site of interest. The site is located approximately nine kilometres north of Panghyon Airfield, where North Korea previously tested Musudan missiles in 2016.

Mr. Hansen identified the location as the Pukkuksong-2 launch site by comparing satellite imagery of the facility with footage released by North Korean state media detailing the launch. 

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Sean O'Connor, Principal Imagery Analyst, Jane's by IHS Markit
Posted 20 February 2017.

About The Author

Sean O’Connor the Principal Imagery Analyst for Jane's by IHS Markit, primarily supporting Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s Intelligence Review, and the Jane’s Satellite Imagery Analysis service. Sean served as an intelligence analyst with the US Air Force for 10 years, before beginning a web-based open-source imagery analysis effort. Also specialising in air defence and strategic warfare concepts, Sean has authored numerous Jane’s Intelligence Review articles exploiting satellite imagery to cover some of the latest worldwide developments in those fields. In addition, Sean has collaborated with various US and foreign government and law enforcement agencies on satellite imagery analysis and air defence issues.