Satellite images of Panghyon Airbase in North Pyongyang show that North Korea is constructing a new launch pad.
The Panghyon Airbase is where the North tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4th, and it appears they may be preparing to launch again.
North Korea recently announced that they have a “super-heavy nuclear warhead” that could strike the “mainland of the U.S.”
Image Sat International detected construction at the site, and their analysts say that the North intends to reuse the missile testing site, likely in the near future.
Fox News reports:
According to the ImageSat analysts, who are closely following North Korean military activity, this is “the first time that they have decided to rebuild a site that they have used before.”
The photos, dated Nov. 23 and 24, appear to show the development of another launch pad just a few yards away from the one used during the July 4 Hwasong-14 ICBM launch, as well as a newly renovated access road.
Constructed in the 1980s, the Panghyon site is North Korea’s primary aircraft production, repair, and research facility.
The satellite images also show the construction of an aircraft hangar, as well as airplanes being moved and stored in hangers on the tarmac.
It seems that North Korea is boosting the size and scope of operations at the site.
In addition to “aircraft activity” and reconstruction at the launch pad, the satellite images noted that construction is underway at the aircraft parts factory located at the airbase.
Just days ago, North Korea released pictures of a Hwasong-15 ICBM test launch.
South Korean military officials who monitored the launch said that the ICBM launched went an astounding ten times higher than the International Space Station which is in low orbit around the earth.
The altitude of the ISS is between 205 and 270 miles above the Earth’s surface.
The pictures North Korea released also feature Kim Jong Un laughing after he gave the order to “fire with courage,” according to Fox News.
Fox News reported on Friday:
The photos, released by Rodong Sinmun, the regime’s daily paper, showed a bigger and more advanced ICBM and a domestically produced mobile launcher. The paper claimed the Hwasong-15 missile was powerful enough to carry a “super-heavy nuclear warhead” that could strike “the whole mainland of the U.S.”
Analysts quickly examined the photos and deemed them a “gold mine for rocket experts.” Compared to the Hwasong-14 ICBM North Korea tested in July, the new missile appeared significantly bigger in appearance. The domestically made erector-launcher vehicle also gives Kim’s regime the ability to avoid begging China or other friendly countries for the technology.
The rocket is believed to be larger than previous North Korean ICBMs because the launch vehicle has nine wheels on each side, rather than the eight seen in previous launches. A mobile launcher also makes it harder for officials to detect and destroy the Hwasong-15 before it’s launched.
Could North Korea be working to ready Panghyon Airbase for another Hwasong-15 missile launch?
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