Warpower:North Korea



The WARPOWER series of sites take a unique, 'by-the-numbers', quick-reference approach to the current (2023) 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'.

At-a-Glance



Global Rank
33
South African national flag
SAF
34
North Korean national flag
NKO
35
Norwegian national flag
NOR
Regional Rank
16
Philippines national flag
PHI
17
North Korean national flag
NKO
18
Myanmar national flag
MYA
Equipment
Modern | Cold War
Key Qualities

Regional Alliances
'Million Man' Army
Notable Rocket Force
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 (70 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 being under heavy sanctions.

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.

Material Suppliers


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Primary and Secondary military suppliers, be they direct or indirect, past and present.
N.Korean Airpower
Su25 Frogfoot
Ballistic Missiles
Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile
N.Korean Land Power
T55 tank
N.Korean Manpower
TBD
N.Korean Naval Power
Sang O-class submarine
N.Korean Military Ranks
TBD
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