The Comparison of Russian and North Korean Nuclear Missiles - International Military

The Comparison of Russian and North Korean Nuclear Missiles - International Military
The Comparison of Russian and North Korean Nuclear Missiles

International Military - The use of nuclear weapons in the world is no stranger. Nuclear weapons are objects specifically designed to release explosive energy using nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or both.

One of the most famous types of nuclear weapons was the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. As a result of these attacks, hundreds of thousands of Japanese civilians were killed and the Empire of Japan declared surrender in the Pacific War. In addition to the atomic bomb, another nuclear weapon that exists is a nuclear missile.

Some countries that have these weapons include Russia and North Korea. Here is a breakdown of the great missiles of Russia and North Korea.

1. Poseidon Missile

Russia has a nuclear missile called the Poseidon. This missile is an intercontinental nuclear weapon in the form of a giant torpedo. If fired, it is certain that Poseidon is capable of crushing the target object, including warships. Poseidon's speed is 70 knots. This figure is much lower when compared to intercontinental ballistic missiles.

However, its warhead which reaches 2 megatons, proves Poseidon is the most formidable. In specifications, Poseidon is estimated to have a length of 24 meters or about 79 feet with a diameter of 2 meters. Meanwhile, the operating depth of this missile is more than 1 km.

Poseidon's ability to perform operations at this depth is due to its titanium hull and is able to withstand pressure at extreme depths. Citing information from Euronews Next, the main target of this missile launch is the enemy's economic activity centers located in coastal areas.

After firing missiles, there will be a large area of ​​radioactive contamination that will seriously disrupt economic, even military, activities in the long term.

Various parties also refer to the Poseidon as an underwater drone that can navigate independently and has the ability to be directed remotely. Another ability, Poseidon missions can be canceled after launch.

2. Hwasong-17 Missile

North Korea has a nuclear missile called the Hwasong-17. This weapon, also known as the monster missile, is the first ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) to undergo trials since 2017.

The Hwasong-17 is the largest ICBM ever developed and has the potential to launch a nuclear warhead anywhere in the United States. Hwasong-17 is actually a more perfect form than the previous generation, Hwasong-15. Where, the Hwasong-17 is capable of flying as high as 1,090 km with a maximum altitude of 6,248 km.

This weapon is capable of airing for more than 1 hour, 67.5 minutes to be exact. The Hwasong-17 is estimated to have a diameter of between 2.4 to 2.5 meters and a weight of 80 thousand to 110 thousand kg. During a test launch in March 2022, the Hwasong-17 was seen fired from a TEL (Transporter Erector Launcher).

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