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
the designation HS-8
must be a transmission error). 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 a derivative of the HS-14 with a diameter of 1.80 m. This can be recognized by the distance between the Verniers and the nozzle of the main engine, which 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.