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North Korea claims it tested new Hwasong-8 hypersonic missile

Hwasong-8 launch
The only currently available image of the purported hypersonic missile test shows a fin-stabilized missile with a booster resembling the Hwasong-12 ICBM

North Korea says it tested a newly-developed hypersonic missile in the morning of September 28, in Doyang-ri, Ryongrim-gun, Jagang Province.

According to the country’s official mouthpiece KCNA, the missile is dubbed Hwasong-8 and was tested by the Academy of Defense Science of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The claimed test follows North Korea’s first hints at a hypersonic missile development program from January this year.

“The development of this weapon system, which has been regarded as the most important project in the special interest of the Party Central Committee, has great strategic significance in remarkably enhancing the country’s independent state-of-the-art defense science and technology and strengthening the country’s self-defense capability in every way,” the KCNA release said.

The report further said that the test confirmed the missile’s flight maneuverability and stability in the active section, and confirmed technical indicators including guided maneuverability and glide flight characteristics of the separated hypersonic glide combat unit.

Earlier this month, North Korea said it carried out a successful test of a new type of long-range cruise missile, after two years of work on its development.