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    North Korean Missiles Face Reality Check on Putin’s Battlefield

    North Korean Missiles Face Reality Check on Putin's Battlefield

    North Korea's new arsenal of ballistic missiles are set for their first real-world test on the battlefield in . But based on the success of U.S. interceptor systems in that conflict, Kim Jong Un may be worried.

    Burning through his stockpiles as the war in Ukraine nears the two-year mark, Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned to Kim to provide short-range ballistic missiles and more than 1 million rounds of artillery. The North Korean missiles sent so far are similar in size and flight dynamics to Russia's Iskander series, weapons experts have said.

    A report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies showed that the U.S. Patriot air defense system has so far been largely effective in countering Russia's missiles. In June, when Russia tried to take out a Patriot battery protecting , the system shot down all of the 34 Iskander and Kinzhal missiles Russia fired, CSIS said.

    That's a warning to Putin about the KN-23 and KN-24 missiles Kim is believed to be supplying. The systems are designed to be deployed quickly, maneuverable in flight and reliably hit targets with a degree of precision. That might not be enough.

    “The Patriot missile defense system should be able to intercept North Korea's short-range ballistic missiles, given its effectiveness against Russian Iskanders,” said Shaan Shaikh, a fellow in the Missile Defense Project at CSIS, a -based think tank.


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