North Korea's new "hypersonic glider" missile Hwasong-18*
2021, September 29 (KCNA) --
The Academy of Defence Science of the DPRK test-fired a hypersonic missile
HS-8 must be a transmission error. HS-8 already exists and is a Nodong.
In the first test-launch, national defence scientists confirmed the navigational
control and stability of the missile in the active section and also its technical
specifications including the guiding maneuverability and the gliding flight
characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead.
First analysis: The HS-18 (not HS-8) missile is probaby a derivative of the HS-14 with a diameter of 1.80 m. This can be recognized at the airframe. The distance between the Verniers and the nozzle of the main engine is larger than of the HS-12. The tanks have been shortened by a fourth. The typical shape of a glider cannot be seen here in the photo.