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Hwasong 6


North Korean mobile liquid propellant single stage tactical ballistic missile. Derived from Russian R-17, often referred to as 'Scud-C'. The Hwasong had a 500 km range, achieved by halving the payload.

Standard warhead: 500 kg (1,100 lb). Maximum range: 500 km (310 mi).

AKA: Scud C.
Status: Active.
Gross mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb).
Payload: 500 kg (1,100 lb).
Height: 11.19 m (36.71 ft).
Diameter: 0.85 m (2.80 ft).
Span: 1.80 m (5.90 ft).
Thrust: 90.00 kN (20,232 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 1990.06.01.
Last Launch: 2011.06.28.
Number: 15 .

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See also
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Associated Launch Sites
  • Gitdaeryung North Korean intermediate missile base, south east of Wonson, said to be capable of launching Scud-C's, SCUD-X's and Nodong-A ballistic missiles. Known to have been used for 18 launches from 1984 to 2006, reaching up to 200 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Qom Military testing range, located near this Iranian religious centre, known to have been used for one launch in 1991, reaching 200 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Chiha-ri Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 1 launch in 1991, reaching up to 200 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Hama-Allepo Syrian military testing range, known to have been used for 9 launches from 1992 to 2007, reaching up to 200 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • Hwasong 6 Nitric acid/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 5,000 kg. Thrust 93.00 kN. More...

Hwasong 6 Chronology


1990 June 1 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1991 May 1 - . Launch Site: Qom. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Iran. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1991 July 1 - . Launch Site: Chiha-ri. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1992 July 1 - . Launch Site: Hama-Allepo. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1992 July 1 - . Launch Site: Hama-Allepo. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1993 May 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1993 May 29 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1993 May 30 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
1994 May 12 - . Launch Site: Yemen. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Sanaa (total 30) - . Nation: Yemen. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1994 Jun - . Launch Site: Yemen. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Sanaa - . Nation: Yemen. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1994 Jul - . Launch Site: Yemen. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • Sanaa - . Nation: Yemen. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1994 Q3 - . Launch Site: Hama-Allepo. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6. LV Configuration: Hwasong 6 Scud C.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2006 July 4 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
2006 July 4 - . 22:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6.
  • North Korean missile test - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: CMIK. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Shahab. Launch Vehicle: Hwasong 6. LV Configuration: Shahab 2.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Summary: Operational test..

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