In this article I will analyze the Korean People’s Army which represents the military forces of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. The Korean People’s Army is composed of 5 branches, Korean People’s Army Ground Force, Korean People’s Navy, Korean People’s Air force, strategic rocket force, and North Korean Special Operation Force. In this paper I will look at the big three: Korean People’s Army Ground Force, Korean People’s Navy, and Korean People’s Air force. I will talk about the force strength and some of the equipment that each brings to the fight.
Korean People’s Army Ground Force
The Korean People’s Army Ground Force makes up the largest part of the Korean People’s Army and is ...view middle of the document...
These systems have the capability to reach Seoul and deliver chemical agents.
Korean People’s Air force
The second largest force in the Korean People’s Army the Air Force is comprised of about 100,000 men equipped with about 3,300 Chinese and Soviet aircraft including fighter, strike, and transport aircraft, attack helicopter, and Unmanned Arial Vehicles. The primary mission of the Air Force is to patrol Democratic People’s Republic of Korea air space. As the aircraft continue to age it is forcing North Korea to rely more on surface to air missiles to defend its air space.
Korean People’s Air force has mostly MiG-21fighter jets armed with 23mm cannons with 200 rounds, two short-range, infrared homing air-to-air missiles similar to the US Sidewinder, with the capability to add air-to-surface missiles with a range of 10km. Mig-21’s also have modern systems to include radar warning receiver and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF). The most modern fighter plane in North Korea’s inventory is the MiG-29.
North Korea has the most common attack aircraft in the world the Mi-24. Mi-24 has a range of 450km with a combat load and has a payload capacity of 1500 kg that can consist of anti-tank missiles, gun pods, rocket launchers, bombs and IR guided air-to-air missiles. The Mi-24 is also equipped with a 12.7 mm Gatling gun, or a machine gun mounted on the door.
In recent months the North Korean Air force has acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (UAV). Two of which are based on the Chinese SKY-09P. The SKY-09 can fly in two modes: by pre-programmed GPS coordinates with a range on 60km or robotically from...