Korean People's Army Ground Force (KPAGF)


Combat Vehicles | Support

The core of North Korean ground fighting strength resides in its large collection of Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) numbering in the thousands. However, these are systems rooted in old, Soviet Cold War-era thinking with some exceptions that have been modernized to local North Korean standards (local capabilities remaining limited in general). Many date back to the T-54/55 and T-62 types. Similarly, armored vehicles are Soviet or Chinese in their origination and influence. The artillery arm of the ground forces deserves note for the quantitative offerings centered on towed, self-propelled, and rocket-launching types. Mobile artillery is of particular importance to the force as units can relocate after firing, making it difficult for enemy forces to pinpoint exact locations.
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Total Units: 20,634



Type Balance
Tracked
Wheeled
Hull Age Color Key:
1
New Procurement
7
Modern
18
Aging, Requires Attention
17
Obsolete; Near Obsolete


2,000
T-54/55
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
1,200
Chonma-Ho
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
970
T-62
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
600
Pokpung-Ho
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
550
PT-76
Amphib. LT Tank
ARMY
100
Songun-915
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
100
T-72
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
175
Type 59
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
9
M-2020
Main Battle Tank
ARMY
55
Shin'heung
Amphib. LT Tank
ARMY
1,000
BTR-60PB
IFV
ARMY
1,000
M1992
Scout Car
ARMY
500
VTT-323
APC
ARMY
350
Junma-Le
APC
ARMY
250
Chunma-D
IFV
ARMY
220
BMP-1
IFV
ARMY
35
BTR-80A
IFV
ARMY
3,500
Logistics
Various
ARMY
550
Tokchon
100/122mm SPH
ARMY
100
Juche-po
170mm SPG
ARMY
100
M1937
152mm SPH
ARMY
100
M1974
152mm SPH
ARMY
100
M1975
130mm SPH
ARMY
100
M1981
122mm SPH
ARMY
100
M1991
152mm SPH
ARMY
100
M1992
120mm SPH
ARMY
100
Juche 107
155mm SPH
ARMY
550
M1985
152mm Towed
ARMY
350
S-23
180mm Towed
ARMY
1,000
M1985
122mm MLRS
ARMY
550
M1993
122mm MLRS
ARMY
500
BM-11
122mm MLRS
ARMY
400
Type 63
107mm MLRS
ARMY
100
M1985 (240)
240mm MLRS
ARMY
100
M1991 (240)
240mm MLRS
ARMY
250
BM-24
240mm MLRS
ARMY
100
BMD-20
200mm MLRS
ARMY
10
KN-09
300mm MLRS
ARMY
10
KN-15
300mm MLRS
ARMY
1,000
ZPU-4
Anti-Aircraft Gun
ARMY
1,000
Model 1939
Anti-Aircraft Gun
ARMY
550
ZSU-23-4
Air Defense Vehicle
ARMY
200
ZSU-57-2
Air Defense Vehicle
ARMY


NOTES: Some values above are approximate or estimated and current equipment condition is largely unknown. MLRS artillery can range as far out as 250km (KN-15). Taken as a whole - and availability / capability aside - the ground forces actually feature a good general balance of systems to cover the various battlefield roles required of a modern army.


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