North Korean/ U.S. Designation N/A / KN-23
Missile Variants Scud Varient
Mobility / Role Road Mobile/Short Range Ballistic Missile
Designer/Producer North Korea
Range 450+ km
Warhead Type and Weight Conventional or / N/A
MIRV and Yield No MIRV capability / N/A
Guidance System/ Accuracy N/A
Stages Propellant One/Liquid
IOC Not Operational
Status/Number of Units In Development / N/A


The KN-18 first appeared at a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.[i] The missile was first tested on May 28, 2017. The KN-18 was fired from Wonsan and flew for 450 km before falling into the Sea of Japan.[ii]

The KN-18 is suspected to be a Scud variant with a maneuvering reentry vehicle (MaRV). The missile has small forward fins at the base of the reentry vehicle in order to maneuver the warhead after it reentered the atmosphere with increased accuracy.[iii] If operational, the KN-18 would be extremely accurate and able to hit smaller targets.






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