Monthly Archives: July 2017

THAAD Test FTT-18 and North Korea: Adding Another Layer to Nuclear Danger

The United States has conducted a successful test, FTT-18, of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in Alaska. FTT-18 was long planned for 3rd quarter 2017. The THAAD interceptor dispensed a kill vehicle that struck an Intermediate Range … Continue reading

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Hwasong-14 and RD-250 Engine: Russia, Ukraine, Convergent Evolution?

As noted previously the March 18 revolution, 80 tonne thrust, UDMH propelled engine is a key factor behind North Korea’s Hwasong-12 and Hwasong-14 missiles. The Washington Post has carried an article suggesting that the March 18 revolution engine is essentially … Continue reading

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On Philosophy With An Emancipatory Intent

For those who hold that intellectual endeavour with an emancipatory intent requires adherence to this or that polysyllabic babble, and that analytic philosophy somehow necessarily entails conservative, at best, or reactionary, at worst, social and political dispositions and positions might … Continue reading

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Hwasong-14 LR-ICBM Reentry Vehicle: Carbon-Phenolic Ablative Heat Shield Leads to Sharper RV Compared to Previous KN-14?

Nomenclature of North Korea’s missiles has become confusing because of the fast pace of recent developments, however it seems that the Hwasong-14 LR-ICBM is a modification of the KN-08/KN-14. One could argue that the Hwasong-14 is a modification of the … Continue reading

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Hwasong-14: Second Stage is Where It’s At.

North Korea seems to be adopting a gradual step by step approach to developing an ICBM, with the Hwasong-12 and and Hwasong-14 tests being technological stepping stones to an ICBM with a 10,000 to 12,000km range. With the Hwasong-14 the … Continue reading

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From the Hwasong-14 Limited Range ICBM to a Long Range ICBM: Booster Engine Speculation

When you get excited you tend to shoot first and ask questions later, and I think I might be getting a bit too excited, and shooting a bit too much from the hip, regarding North Korea’s limited range ICBM test. … Continue reading

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Hwasong-14 LR ICBM Basing Mode: Shooting a Fire Cracker Outside the Front Door.

It’s easy to get lazy and refer to everything on wheels transporting a ballistic missile a TEL or Transporter Erector Launcher. But we should be precise and follow correct usage. In the case of the Hwasong-14 test the 8-axial TEL … Continue reading

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Hwasong-14 ICBM Test, Ballistic Missile Defense, Nuclear Strategy.

John Schilling has provided a technical analysis of the Hwasong-14 limited range ICBM, essentially concluding that the Hwasong-14 is a modification of (what previously) was referred to as the KN-14 ICBM. Furthermore, naturally, the single test does not demonstrate that … Continue reading

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Hwasong 14 Limited Range ICBM: Preliminary Analysis

By now I’m sure we’ve all seen the news. North Korea has tested a limited range, two stage liquid fuelled, ICBM that has a range of some 6,700km, the question of range I will return to, which would be sufficient … Continue reading

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North Korea Tests Missile With Limited ICBM Range!!

It appears that North Korea has tested a low range ICBM, likely a modification of the Hwasong-12 IRBM tested earlier in the year. This missile would be able to strike Alaska. Hello mutual nuclear deterrence North Korea and the USA. … Continue reading

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