Monday 6 March 2023

A Visual Guide To North Korea’s Fighting Vehicles

By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer
The goal of this list is to comprehensively catalogue North Korea's current inventory of vehicles and equipment. In an effort to streamline the list and avoid unnecessary confusion, civilian trucks towing military trailers and military trucks on which missiles, rockets or radars are based are not included in the list. If several configurations of a vehicle with one designation are known, they are added as such. The part within apostrophes refers to an unoffical name, such as the US DoD M-xxxx designation system (referring to the first year the system was identified). A year in square brackets after the designation of a vehicle refer to its perceived date of inception. When available, the range (of missiles) are added in square brackets. All vehicles listed are presumed to still be in use with the Korean People's Army. This list is updated as additional vehicle types are uncovered.
Click on the equipment to get a picture of them in North Korean service.



Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Anti-Tank Guided Missile Carriers

Infantry Fighting Vehicles

Armoured Personnel Carriers

Infantry Mobility Vehicles

Military Engineering Vehicles

Command Vehicles


Heavy Mortars

Self-Propelled Mortars

Tank Destroyers

Towed Artillery 

Self-Propelled Artillery

Multiple Rocket Launchers

Towed Anti-Aircraft Guns

Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Guns (SPAAGs)


Self-Propelled SAM Systems


Static SAM Systems


Coastal Defence Missile Systems

Artillery Rockets


Ballistic Missiles

Ground-Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCMs)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)


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