Warpower: North Korea

The WARPOWER series of sites take a unique, 'by-the-numbers', quick-reference approach to the current (2024) military capabilities of North Korea. Within this site are detailed inventory counts representing the total available unit power of air, land, and sea forces of the country in its drive to reach nuclear-capable status in the Korean Peninsula region. The systems showcased throughout this site represent the very tools that would be brought to bear against any foreign power committing to war against the 'Hermit Kingdom'.

Military Service Branches

The fighting forces of North Korea are collectively managed under the Korean People's Army banner and encompasses five major branches of service: the Korean People's Army and Anti-Air Force (KPAAAF), the Korean People's Army Ground Force (KPAGF), the Korean People's Navy (KPN), the Missile General Bureau (MGB), and the Korean People's Army Special Operation Force (KPASOF). The defense force was founded on April 25th, 1932.
Of particular note is that the North Korean military has not been a participant in any large scale armed conflict since the close of the Korean War of 1950-1953 (71 years ago). As such, its modern doctrine is most likely rooted in the old Soviet style with some influence being had from neighboring China while equipment condition and general overall capabilities remain largely unknown to the outside world. National leadership is publicly open about its desire to obtain nuclear weapons as a general 'show-of-force' in the region while also providing the nation some insurance against an all-out invasion from any Western power. At least six nuclear tests have been conducted since 2006 for both land- and air-based delivery - this despite heavy, Western-led sanctions.
N.Korean Airpower
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N.Korean Land Power
M-2020 North korean Main Battle Tank
N.Korean Manpower
N.Korean Naval Power
Sang O-class submarine
N.Korean Military Ranks
Ballistic Missile program


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