so what's up with NK and testing missiles? do they not know how to build one or something?

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just wondering, what's with all the hoopla?
they don't have any engineers/scientists to put one together?
if they don't know how to build one, they haven't purchased the instruction manuals from the black market somewhere?
or some terrorist group hasn't sold them one yet?
 

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Uh, it's not that easy to build an ICBM. You can't just knock one together in a few weeks. The only reason countries like Iraq had missiles in the 90s was because they bought packaged short range missiles from the Russians and were near their enemies. NK is building a long range missile and nobody who has the expertise on missiles of that range are willing to sell them, except maybe pakistan, and they aren't going to give them designs lock, stock, and barrel.
 
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Originally posted by: So
Uh, it's not that easy to build an ICBM. You can't just knock one together in a few weeks. The only reason countries like Iraq had missiles in the 90s was because they bought packaged short range missiles from the Russians and were near their enemies. NK is building a long range missile and nobody who has the expertise on missiles of that range are willing to sell them, except maybe pakistan, and they aren't going to give them designs lock, stock, and barrel.

uhhh, it's been more weeks.
the first ICBM was made when? mid 1950's says wiki?
 

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It's a good thing.
This way we get to test out missiles too. Either by blowing it out of the air, or on the launch pad. I vote for launch pad.
 

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Originally posted by: BlahBlahYouToo
Originally posted by: So
Uh, it's not that easy to build an ICBM. You can't just knock one together in a few weeks. The only reason countries like Iraq had missiles in the 90s was because they bought packaged short range missiles from the Russians and were near their enemies. NK is building a long range missile and nobody who has the expertise on missiles of that range are willing to sell them, except maybe pakistan, and they aren't going to give them designs lock, stock, and barrel.

uhhh, it's been more weeks.
the first ICBM was made when? mid 1950's says wiki?

It's been years. Doesn't matter. NK doesn't have the GDP or industrial capacity to knock together a missile in any reasonable amount of time, and they can't just test willy nilly. Every test they do is a big political shebang.

And when the first ICBM was made doesn't matter. They're effectively starting from scratch. They don't have the benefit of the US or USSR's or even the PRC's missile research.

What answer do you want? It's just not easy. Would you like me to say "lol, they're retrads, lulz!" ?
 

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I think part of it also has to do with showing their populace how badass their government is.
 

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ICBMs are not notably different from space rockets. All the major powers still use ICBM derived satellite launchers. The only countries that could possibly knock together a functional ICBM in less than two years who haven't are the EU and Japan, and that's because they both have space programs capable of putting probes on mars, so 99% of the
"missile" hardware is already built and tested.

Edit: NM about the EU. France already has sea launched ICBMs, so the only country that doesn't have them and could quickly is Japan.
 

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Originally posted by: oldsmoboat
It's a good thing.
This way we get to test out missiles too. Either by blowing it out of the air, or on the launch pad. I vote for launch pad.

You know the Air Force is just itching for some pew pew combat testing in their C-130
 
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