Korean Armed forces

North Korea
Population
24 895 000
Military budget
15 billion $
Active personnel
1 190 000
Nuclear weapons
<10 warheads
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Basic informations

Capital: Pyongyang
Area: 120 540 km2
Population: 24 895 000
Etnic groups: racially homogeneous
Religions: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo

Military branches

(조선인민군) Ground Forces, Navy, Air Force; civil security forces.

Military service

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.

Military expenditures

Military budget
15 billion $

(USA)

Percent of GDP
20,8

Manpower

Active personnel
1 190 000

(China)

Reserve
600 000

(China)

Available
6 515 279

(China)

Land Forces

Tanks
6 000

(Russia)

AFV
4 000

(USA)

Artillery
13 000

(Russia)

Self-propelled guns
4 500

(Russia)

Rocket artillery
5 000
Armoured fighting vehicles includes infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, armoured personnel carriers, mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles(MRAP), amphibious and reconnaissance vehicles.
Total artillery includes towed, self-propelled gun(SPG) and rocket artillery.

Tanks

TypeNameNumber
-Ch'ŏnma-ho1000
-T-62 M1000
-Type 63-
-Type-82-

AFVs

TypeNameNumber
-M1992-
-VTT-323-
-M-2010-
-BTR-152-
-BTR-50P-
-BTR-60PB1000
-Type 55-
-Type 63 APC500

Self-propelled artillery

TypeNameNumber
-M-1992-
-M-1991-
-M-1981-

Rocket artillery

TypeNameNumber
-BMD-20-
-BM-24500
-KN-09-

Air Forces

Total aircraft
906

(USA)

Fighters
349

(China)

Multirole
35

(USA)

Attack
154

(Russia)

Helicopters
202

(USA)

Total aircraft - number of all military aircraft and helicopters in country. Includes training and cargo aircraft. Does not include drones.
Attack includes ground-attack and strategic bomber aircraft.

Fighter aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Shenyang J-697
-Shenyang F-5106

Multirole aircraft

TypeNameNumber

Attack and bomber aircraft

TypeNameNumber
-Ilyushin Il-2880
-Sukhoi Su-718

Helicopters

TypeNameNumber
-Mil Mi-264
-Mil Mi-148
-Mil Mi-840
-PZL Mi-246
-MD 50084

Navy

Total naval
525

(China)

Aircraftcarriers
0

(USA)

Destroyers
0

(USA)

Frigates
6

(China)

Corvettes
6

(Russia)

Submarines
75

(China)

Total naval - number of all military ships in country. Includes auxiliaries.
Aircraft carriers includes helicopter carriers. Destroyers includes Battlecruisers and Cruisers.

Aircraftcarriers

TypeNameNumber
--

Destroyers

TypeNameNumber
--

Frigates

TypeNameNumber
-Krivak-class1
-Najin-class2
-Soho-class1
-Nampo-class2

Corvettes

TypeNameNumber
-Sariwon-class4
-Tral-class2

Submarines

TypeNameNumber
-Sang-O-class40
-Sinpo-class1
-Yono-class10
-Yugo-class-
-Type-03322
-Whiskey-class4

Nuclear weapons

Although at the beginning North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, they withdrew from it on January 2003. It was a consequence of the United States accusation. The USA government claimed that North Korea was unofficially funding a program of uranium enrichment. Because of that, they cancelled the 1994 Agreed Framework treaty and cut off the energy assistance. Two years after withdrawing, the officials from North Korea claimed that they own operational nuclear arsenal. In spite of North Koreans assurances, the United States did not believe that North Korea really posses such weapons. As a result, the government of North Korea decided to conduct tests.

There were three tests that North Korea initially conducted. The first one, with the yield of less than a kiloton, took place in 2006. However, to show that this was in fact a nuclear detonation, North Koreans conducted second and third tests, respectable in 2009 and 2013. The maximum power of the blast of the aforementioned tests can be estimated to be up to 40 kilotons. However, a lot of sources claim that yield did not surpass 10-15 kilotons. Noteworthy is also the fact that in 2016, North Korea announced that they have conducted their first hydrogen-bomb test.