North Korea said it has successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8 on Tuesday.
According to the state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the Korean People’s Army (KPA) tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle for the first time on Tuesday.
The test came just days after the US successfully fired its own hypersonic weapon for the first time.
“The development of the hypersonic missile, one of five top-priority tasks of the five-year plan facing the field of strategic weapon for the development of defense science and weapon system set forth at the 8th Congress of the Party, has been pushed forward according to a sequential, scientific and reliable development process,” KCNA wrote on Wednesday.
The weapon has been named Hwasong-8 and was fired from Mupyong-ri in Jagang Province.
“In the first test-launch, national defense 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,” the publication said, adding the scientists had also “confirmed the stability of the amplified missile fuel system and the actuators introduced for the first time.”