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North Korean Army Tanks, Vehicles and Artillery Since 1950

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/9/2014

The massive North Korean land army would be called into play should a new war erupt on the Korean Peninsula between the North and South.

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There are a total of 33 North Korean Army Tanks, Vehicles and Artillery (Since 1950) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below by initial year of service. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Guns of North Korea can be found here. Modern Aircraft of North Korea can be found here.




1992
Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)
Despite a design origin that possibly dates back to the late 1980s, the Pokpung-ho ("Storm Tiger") Main Battle Tank remains s...
Thumbnail picture of the Pokpung-ho (Storm Tiger) (M-2002)

1987
BTR-80
The BTR-80 was the logical evolution of the wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) BTR series that more or less hit its stri...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-80

1985
Type 85 (YW531H)
The PT-85 is a light amphibious tank system (may also be known as the "Type 82" or "Type 85") in service with the North Korea...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 85 (YW531H)

1981
Chonma-ho (Pegasus)
At present, the Chonma-ho (or "Sky Horse" or "Pegasus") represents one of the more numerous and modern of all the North Korea...
Thumbnail picture of the Chonma-ho (Pegasus)

1979
SA-11 (Gadfly) / 9K37 Buk
The vast airspace over the Russian frontier and the combat-ready atmosphere of the Cold War required the Soviet Army to keep ...
Thumbnail picture of the SA-11 (Gadfly) / 9K37 Buk

1979
SA-13 (Gopher) / 9K35 Strela-10
The 9K35 "Strela-10" was developed by Soviet engineers to replace the 1960s-era 9K31 Strela-1 line (SA-9 "Gaskin") of mobile ...
Thumbnail picture of the SA-13 (Gopher) / 9K35 Strela-10

1978
BM-27 / 9P140 Uragan (Hurricane)
The BM-27 / 9P140 "Uragan" ("Hurricane") is a large, multi-wheeled self-propelled rocket launcher design consisting of an enc...
Thumbnail picture of the BM-27 / 9P140 Uragan (Hurricane)

1975
M1978 (Koksan)
The M1978 "Koksan" is a self-propelled gun (SPG) of North Korean origin, the tracked chassis believed to be based on the orig...
Thumbnail picture of the M1978 (Koksan)

1973
VTT-323 (M1973 Sinhung)
When the North Korean Army needed an armored personnel carrier, they turned to what they do best - license production of an e...
Thumbnail picture of the VTT-323 (M1973 Sinhung)

1970
SA-6 (Gainful) / 2K12 Kub
Design work on the 2K12 "Kub" system began in 1959 under the direction of NIIP/Vympel (for the missile) and MMZ (for the trac...
Thumbnail picture of the SA-6 (Gainful) / 2K12 Kub

1966
BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)
The Soviet military was first major military power to widely adopt the concept of an "armored fighting infantry carrier" thro...
Thumbnail picture of the BMP-1 (Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty)

1965
ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)
The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" system has been - and in many examples continues to be - a much-feared anti-aircraft system for pilots ...
Thumbnail picture of the ZSU-23-4 (Shilka)

1964
BM-21 (Grad)
The BM-21 "Grad" is a specialty weapon utilized by over 65 countries in one form or another and, despite her Cold War origins...
Thumbnail picture of the BM-21 (Grad)

1963
122mm Model 1963 (D-30)
The D-30 122mm howitzer became the standard Soviet artillery battlefield system, replacing the aging M-30 (M1938) 122mm howit...
Thumbnail picture of the 122mm Model 1963 (D-30)

1963
Type 62
Yet another in the long line of NORINCO designs inspired by Soviet-era purchases, the Type 62 (classified as a "light tank") ...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 62

1963
Type 63 (WZ211)
The Chinese NORINCO-built Type 63 is in many ways a relative to the Soviet-designed and built PT-76 troop carrier. The weapon...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 63 (WZ211)

1961
T-62
After the end of World War 2, the Soviet military had officially replaced their war-winning T-34 Medium Tank series with the ...
Thumbnail picture of the T-62

1960
BTR-60
The armored 8x8 wheeled BTR-60 of 1960 was developed as a direct replacement for the 6x6 wheeled BTR-152 series Armored Perso...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-60

1959
Type 59
The NORINCO-produced Type 59 was actually based on the purchase and subsequent local licensed production of the Soviet T-54 m...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 59

1958
T-55
The T-55 was a further improved version of the T-54 Main Battle Tank series of 1949 intended to counter the new American M60 ...
Thumbnail picture of the T-55

1957
SS-1 (Scud) / 9P117
The SS-1 (NATO reporting name of "Scud") was a tactical ballistic missile system developed in the 1950s for the Soviet Army. ...
Thumbnail picture of the SS-1 (Scud) / 9P117

1957
SA-2 (Guideline) / S-75 Dvina
The original SA-2 Guideline design was engineered to track down and destroy the less-maneuverable high-altitude American bomb...
Thumbnail picture of the SA-2 (Guideline) / S-75 Dvina

1955
152mm Model 1955 (D-20)
The M1955 was developed in the 1950's to late to be deployed in the Great Patriotic War 1939-1945. However this howitzer has ...
Thumbnail picture of the 152mm Model 1955 (D-20)

1955
180mm Gun S-23 (180mm Nywka C-23)
The S-23 was a heavy gun to be used in Europe if the Cold War got hot. It was available to Soviet allies and operations were...
Thumbnail picture of the 180mm Gun S-23 (180mm Nywka C-23)

1955
ZSU-57-2
The ZSU-57-2 served the Red Army of the Soviet Union throughout the bulk of the Cold War years. However, within a short windo...
Thumbnail picture of the ZSU-57-2

1954
130mm Model 1954 (M-46)
The M-46 (formal designation of "130mm Towed Field Gun M1954) was a Soviet Cold War-era battlefield implement designed to ful...
Thumbnail picture of the 130mm Model 1954 (M-46)

1952
PT-76
The PT-76 was developed shortly after Second World War. The weapon system is designated as a "Light Amphibious Tank" featurin...
Thumbnail picture of the PT-76

1950
AZP S-60
The S-60 was designed primarily as a 57mm single-barreled, towed, anti-aircraft defense system. The gun was developed in the...
Thumbnail picture of the AZP S-60

1950
100mm KS-19
Before the arrival of surface-to-air, anti-aircraft missiles, nations depended on simple artillery-based guns to protect airs...
Thumbnail picture of the 100mm KS-19

1950
BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)
The Red Army learned much about mobility in its response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War 2. As su...
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-40 (Bronetransporter)

1950
Thumbnail picture of the BTR-152