(ABC NEWS) North Korea tried to flex its military might with an extravagant parade on April 15, just three days after it admitted that its missile test had been a failure, but analysts now say that the new intercontinental ballistic missiles on display in the meticulously choreographed parade were nothing more than props.
The analysts studied photos of the six missiles and came to their conclusion for three primary reasons:
1. The missiles did not fit the launchers that carried them.
2. The missiles appear to be made out of both liquid-fuel and solid-fuel components that are unable to fly together.
3. The casings on the missiles undulate which suggests the metal is not thick enough to hold up during flight.
“There is no doubt that these missiles were mock-ups,” Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker, of Germany’s Schmucker Technologie, wrote in a paper recently posted on Armscontrolwonk.com. “It remains unknown if they were designed this way to confuse foreign analysts, or if the designers simply did some sloppy work.”
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