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TeepMedium-range ballistic missile
Place o oreeginNorth Korea
Service history
In service2017
Uised biNorth Korea, Iran
Production history
ManufacturerNorth Korea
Lenth~9 m
Diameter~1.4 m
Warheidnuclear, conventional

IngineSolid fuel rocket
1,200 km ~ 2,000 km (est)
8×8 tracked TEL
Revised RomanisationBukgeukseong i-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerPukkŭksŏng i-hyŏng

Pukkuksong-2 (Chosŏn'gŭl북극성2형; Hancha北極星二形) also known as KN-15[1] by intelligence outside of North Korea, is a medium-range or intermediate-range ballistic missile under development by North Korea, which unlike the nation's earlier designs, uses solid fuel.[2] Described as 'nuclear-capable', its first test flight was on 12 February 2017.[3] The state-run KCNA news agency said that leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test, which was described as a success.

Analysts haeve described the new missile as 'more stable, more efficient, and harder tae detect' than North Korea's previous liquid-fuelled designs.[4] In contrast tae aulder, liquid-fueled rockets that take hours to prepare for launch and are easier to detect and counteract by other countries, the Pukkuksong-2 is a solid-fuel rocket that can be launched in minutes.[5][2]

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  1. Sang-Hun, Choe (2017-04-04). "North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile a Day Before U.S.-China Summit". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
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  3. World. "North Korea says test of new nuclear-capable Pukguksong-2 missile a success". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  4. Julian Ryall, Tokyo. "North Korea's 'game changing' new missile is more stable, more efficient -and harder to detect". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named NYT Feb 13-b